How far will Tom Daley (GBR) go in the Diving events?
He is now 18 years old and competes in the 10 m platform individual and synchronized events. Four years ago, he represented Team GB at Beijing as the youngest finalist. He finished 7th in the individual 10 m platform event and 8th at the synchronized event (with Blake Aldridge). Everyone looked at him then as becoming one of the best all-time British divers.
The next year he won the 10 m individual event at Rome and became World Champion at age 15 (photo)!. At the Shanghai 2011 World Championships he finished 5th with 505.10 p. The final was won by Qiu Bo (CHN) with 585.45 p. The synchronised event saw Tom and his teammate Peter Waterfield finish in 6th place. The competition was won by China again, with Qiu Bo and Huo Liang very close to perfection. Germany had strong competitors, but they finished in second place with almost 40 p difference from the Chinese performers.
Tom Daley prepared well this season and won the European championships held in Eindhoven with 565.05 p, 50 points more than second place - Victor Minibaev (RUS). Team GB didn't compete in the finals at the synchronised event.
Daley and Waterfield will be the 2 British competitors at the 10 m events. Their efforts to win the most valuable medals will be considerate. At the individual event, however, I think Qiu Bo is still unbeatable. Only an important error can make him lose. The same for the synchronised event: China is too good at the moment. Anything is possible, though. Germany and Russia are both very competitive.
My answer for today is: Tom Daley will win a Silver medal in the individual event and a Bronze medal in the synchronised event. Here is a preview of what Tom is preparing to show to the World at the Olympics:
- Monday, 30.07, 3:00 PM: 10 m synchronised platform
- Saturday, 11.08, 8:30 PM: 10 m platform