Highlights from Shanghai, where world champion Tom Daley and Olympic silver medallist Pete Waterfield compete in their first world championships as a synchro combination.
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The welcome to the start of our coverage of the world swimming and
diving championships. The swimming starts on Sunday but the diving
programme is already well under way. To mop up a code for London, Pete
Waterfield and Tom Daley, had been in action -- two of our pig hopes.
Peter has been suffering from a bad head cold. He was very good
prepared, in a very good shape but unfortunate lead when the got here
from the camp for this competition, he absolutely unexpectedly got girl.
He could not train for three days. He is the most experienced diver in
the team. Even if he does not train for three or four days it will not
affect his performance. But he has to be robust on the day of the
competition. Pete had just one day of training but was given the OK by
the team doctor and the boys qualified in 5th place for the
final. The competition takes place in this specially built open air
pairs rather than aid. Going ate our Pete Waterfield and Tom Daley.
The ones to beat other Chinese pair of Qui Bo and Huo Liang. -- going
should be. Almost a mirror image of each other. You will see the most
basic of dives in the first couple of dives. So it is very important
to be together. They may be the dark horses of this competition.
The German -- German Sanchez and and as far as quality of required
dive goes that is not right up there. What I am most excited about
is the final round when these boys start spinning around. This could
be sharpened up. I don't think the marks are going to reflect a great
dive there. You are correct, they go into 5th place. Ukraine,
represented by a Oleksandr Bondar back dive in the opening round. --
doing this back dive. A beautiful that and it takes them into first
place. There is a lot of support for Great Britain. They are still
in the early stages of their team supporting. A solid start. It
is funny to see Tom Daley towering above Pete nowadays. That is the
way it is these days. An inward 1.5 somersault. The steady start that
they would have wanted. They are pair. One of the most experienced
pairs in the field. Really solid this morning in the preliminaries.
They will certainly be looking to hold this place or better as they
go through for the final rounds. David Boudia and Nick McCrory. They
will do the same dive as we just high and no one is giving away
anything in this early round. As you would expect, there world's
best divers here at the World Championships. Maybe not quite as
Huo Liang. A picture from the home dignitaries are watching on. I'm
not sure if some of them know what is going on. The Chinese have
changed their pairings so you have Qui Bo in there now, who is the
superstar in the individual. Remember, these are not the big
tariff dives. The end of the first round and China, Germany and then
in joint third Cuba and Great Britain along with Ukraine and the
could see, or 1, 2, 3, go. Very precise. You need to be steady on
these opening dive to keep yourself in the next. I'm sure the Canadians
will not be featuring in the medals. They see this pair as the way
London 2012. Again, a relatively more, a Ford 1.5 somersaults with
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dives have a tariff of 2.0. -- two end of the field. They are pushing
for a top-three place. They could start for the British pair. Looking
for 50 to war but on this reverse have to have a chat to them to see
why that is. A beautiful dive. They are moving at the same time. An
excellent second round dive which will keep them very much in the mix.
They got 51 for that dive this morning and now 52, so the distinct
are on their feet. This is the difference. If you remember the
Mexican pair were a little bit ragged but this is sharp and
an adult in Rome two years ago. -- both went in. But the
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Up, 1, 2, 3, go. But it seems to work for them. It will be
interesting to see how they hold that through the final rounds. We
are almost at the end of the completion of the required dives.
Staying in third though they may go get night 0.5 at the very least. --
9.5. I don't think it is worth 10, but it is not far away. Our
movement at different times. There is a 10th and attend. -- the 10 and
10. Those marks will take them clear after round number back row.
when they come up, the ones with the lines through them, they don't
count. A quick explanation? This caused on the left-hand side of the
screen are poor execution -- the scores. The ones on the right-hand
side of for the synchronisation. Then it is multiplied by the degree
of difficulty. Now, we are run limited on the degree of difficulty,
so these are the most difficult dives in the world. -- unlimited.
a little bit hit-and-miss, but that is three our top three so far.
Solid from this pair. -- A three our top three. Squeezing into the
pike shape before they complete the rotations. Grabbing hold of the
hands that to make that all- important punched into the water.
Trying to deport up the air bubbles down. The coaching team like it.
They got five more marks than they one as well. A beautiful entries
into the water. Hardly a ripple as they are going. Squeezing into the
pike shape. Chest almost flat on to the thighs. Out together. A very
good. The execution was good, Synchro not bad. They will be happy
with that. It was a lower tariff required diodes, but they can
certainly spin around. This is the easiest of the died as they are
going to do. Backwards towards the diving board -- dive. That is an
excellent dive, clean entry into the water. And they have got their
biggest dive yet to come. It is And as their tariff get bigger, the
somersaults, 2.5 twists and the pike position. He will see this
from a lot of the stronger pairs in this competition. Squeezing into
that pike shape. Wobbling around a little bit, but into the water
together. That is a solid dive. The degree of difficulty. It puts the
pressure on the pair's yet to come. are looking for. On to the big
dives for the British power. -- a pizza. The synchronisation was
bang on. When -- coming up from Pete Happe. Spinning at exactly the
same time. You see Pete Waterfield just tipping his feet. Tom Daley's
dive was absolutely superb. But The execution marked is there at
Capitalising on a slight mistake from Our Boys. The Russians are
certainly stamping -- stamping their authority on this ground so
far. Spinning inwards towards the diving board. Jumping backwards,
you have to dive backwards to bits of the board. Maybe a bit of splash
on the entry, so you won't see any box of 10, but apart from that,
bang on. They will be happy with German pair. 4th number back great
years ago in Rome. -- two years ago this pair. Plenty of support here
today. Opting for probably their easiest died of their repertoire.
1.5 twists -- easiest dive. But very solid, unwavering. They are
used to being under the spotlight, Olympic medallists. That puts them
in third place. They haven't made up any ground on that. Two more
powers to come in round three. -- hated, they are in, if they miss it,
the coaches aren't sure -- if they hit it. That could be the dive that
costs them. 1, 2, 3, 4.5. Just into the water at the same time. One
short, one splashy. David Boudia throws up a lot of water as he goes
in. The execution box will be lower. The Synchro is OK, execution is OK,
somersaults. They are building up more superlatives I can throw at
that. Untouchable, I might suggest, but there are still a couple to go.
But lengthening their lead, I am sure after this. We will wait for
the confirmation, but you won't get much change out of perfect tense
for that. -- tens. Whoever you see as the combination for the Chinese,
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they tend to work. A clear lead for Geyson there. 1, 2, 3, go. The
national performance director of Canadian diving chuckling away. His
guys are doing a good job. Despite tuck from Eric. -- the split.
biggest dive right until the end, the diving board. Of the Synchro
element is awarded on distance from the diving board being equal. Entry
into the water being equal. And the angles of entry being equal. In
other words, a mirror image of each other. You can see that slight
disparity. The diver furthest from us is about half of what further
away from the diving board. -- half Mexicans have. All the twists and
the tents and the danger is that goes with a dive of 3.8 degree of
even attempted that dive. That is a forward to 0.5 somersaults with the
three twists. -- 2.5. Squeezing into the pike shape and landing in
a horse and jockey position almost. Not quite what they wanted. Flat on
their faces as they go in, the execution marks will be incredibly
low. But I know that these boys can nail this. Not today, but these are
later on. -- dive. 4.5 somersaults And it needed to be a lot better
than that. Their third round diet was 3.6, and they nailed it. --
dive. It is very simple in optional dive terms. The Synchro marks will
be around 7.5, because they were different distances from the board
Peter Waterfield and Tom Daley did this died in the preliminaries, 3.3,
85.15 marks they got this morning - this afternoon. I'm not surprised.
Pete Waterfield has been in bed for four days, unwell. They have done
really well to qualify. Peter does not quite get his hands and rip the
entry. He looks like he is a bit tired this afternoon. They will
have to tough it out for the remaining rounds. Two marked down
laying out their campaign. Follow that, due money, USA and China. --
Germany. If they nail this, which they have done, it means they are
very much in the shed. What a dive! 3.7 degree of difficulty and they
nailed it. I think the marks are a bit harsh. Maybe they could have
expected a little bit more. But bang on. The execution marked will
be great. That is a pig degree of difficulty. -- big. The German pair
are getting going, putting pressure Sensational 3.5 reverse from the
Americans. They have not let the pressure get to them. Rotating 3.5
times spinning backwards. I have seen it better than that but they
are still holding their own. The knocked down into fourth, surely,
world class and they will be in the lead after this round. This morning
this, nearly perfect tense. But this time, landing slightly over
vertical. But this pair are so strong that even with a slight
mistake there they will be romping work to do. Point-to-points is
probably a little bit too much work Canadians. Both divers going over
on to their chests. The splash going away from the diving board. A
bit of a tidal wave. Joe showing that they are not a pair in the
makes at the moment. Very low marks. After what has happened so far I am
loath to talk with these two up. But they have been consistent so
clap. Not quite where they needed to be. They are relatively
inexperienced on the big scene. They did a great job until they
both hung on a little bit too long in the tucked position, letting go
of their legs a little bit late. The execution marks will reflect
that. That is the first dive that The forward 4.5 is an incredibly
difficult dive. It is 3.7 and these boys make it look like a walk in
the park. Incredible. Look at them spinning around. You can only just
dive of the competition so far for execution. I was thinking why are
they using this died, and that is why, because it is near from
perfect. Come on, judges, that is a work very well in the preliminaries.
4.5 somersaults in the forward one they nailed in Sheffield in
April. But coming into these world championships, Peter is suffering.
He has been in bed for four pays, unwell. 3.7 degree of difficulty.
Remember how easy the Mexicans made it look. Our boys will be out of
the medals today. But still a year to go went to London. -- and tell
pained expression says it all. You do go heart dies really well and
then this one, which is probably one of your bed and -- bread and
butter ones, you make a hash of it. Arching his back as he gazed in and
a big splash. That will open the door for the Germans and the
Americans to capitalise. That could edge Russia out of the medals.
Ukraine will fancy their chances up little bit as well. The Russians
opened the door and the Germans have not really taken their chance.
Still good. They are still very much in the next. They will be
ahead of our boys still, who are out of the running now. It is going
to come down to a cat fight in the final round. They missed out on a
Nick McCrory with his hands on his head under the water. That is USA
well out of it. Nick McCrory flat on his back. I knew this was their
bogey dive and that was full of bogies. More birdies than we have
seen in Sandwich this week! -- They were a little bit different as
they went into the water, not quite straightened out. But they are way
ahead in the lead now. Even the Chinese faltering on this round. I
have seen it a lot better than that. It was certainly better in the
preliminaries. But they are still going to be miles in the lead. Even
when they make a mistake, they do not make their mistakes as badly.
That is way above what they deserve. 85 will help them on their way to a
gold medal. Look how tight it is. Eight marks between second and 4th.
Great Britain in six. The final their biggest and toughest dive.
3.6 degrees of difficulty. Here they go, 2.5 per twists, into the
2.5 somersaults. A little bit scruffy, some daylight in between
their legs. Not as neat and tidy as he could have been, but it is their
They did all the hard work. The aerial work was good enough, so
they jump up, spinning around in the pike position, they have the
rotation they need. Just faltering as they go into the Warner, both
landing short of vertical. Bashed water. -- water. They let go too
early. A schoolboy error. Hansson the head under the water, but
nothing you can do. -- hands on his I have never seen this done before.
4.1 degree of difficulty. The world's most difficult dive. And
they are about to do it in synchro. They will stand backwards.
Everybody holding their breath. You spend forwards towards the diving
didn't have any trouble making it. But this is setting the bar at a
whole new level. These boys have featuring in the medals today but
watch the skies over the next six get it right, it could be a medal.
They have got it right. They have played at save up until now, but
you can say the coaches now, as played it safe. This is one that a
lot of the divers have had difficulty wife, even the Chinese
wobbled on this one. I will be surprised if they don't get a medal
from Matt dive. They left it until the last one, tons of pressure on
them. But they nailed it. haven't seen anyone go over 400
points yet, but we will with this. That gives them a massive lead at
together in synchro. And in both of them entering the water slightly
short of vertical which will mean this caused you see on the left-
hand side of the screen for execution will be lower -- the
scores. Hitting the water at different times. But a good dive
for them to finish on. Not their day today, never going to be good
with such disrupted preparation. But they have stayed in it, they
being, Great Britain move into diet as you saw from Pete
on the Germans. Here we go. After a dodgy fifth-round dive, they have
finished off in style. Much better than our boys. Entry into the water
is the difference. Into the 2.5 somersaults, both divers punching a
hole in the water with their hands. Marginally different times but the
judges went say that in real speed. Ukraine are in the league with
consistency. And that their experience. That is the dive of the
contest for that pair. Clapping from the Ukrainians, they are
thinking it, where did they pull back from? Let's see what the
judges think, it will be so close. the lead. A guaranteed medal. The
Ukraine will have to wait and see how the USA perform. Look at that
synchronisation. The Germans deserve their medal. Russia and
Great Britain are out of the medals. It is all down to the USA. I think
they have a little bit too much to do. It is to be perfect, otherwise
little bit too late. That fifth- round dive full cost them. Five out
of six is not good enough. But that was sensational. 2.5 twists, a lot
neater than the Russians and the Germans. It is a great dive. What a
shame that they left themselves too much to do on this final round the
dive. The Ukrainians and the Americans looking at the scoreboard.
They have not crept in to the medals. 5th place behind Russia.
And the Ukraine will get the bronze. Germany the silver. Unless
something goes disastrously wrong for the Chinese pair at the end.
Quite a bit of leeway between them nursemaid. I wasn't expecting that
in this final round -- my goodness me. They looked a little bit of
they ran, if I could say that, but throws some of Four Marks out that
if you are the judges. -- of Four It is all of the 37 points between
first and second. This is why. Mirror image, down into the water,
both of them perfectly executing. Dreading their entries. 2.5 twists,
perfect Pike position. That is synchronised diving at its very
Chinese medal to celebrate in the diving pit. And the second, and
probably the most expected, this one. They led from the
preliminaries and whenever troubled in the final. Perhaps they went on
the very top of their game, but the score tells you that they are the
pair the rest of the world tells you to catch -- have to catch.
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Cheap though receiving his flowers It is an anthem we became very
familiar with in Beijing in 2000 and date and I fancy we will have
to get used to it in 2011 in Chang don't bash in Shanghai. -- get used
to it in 2011 in Shanghai. It must have been difficult to wait around
and not know if you're going to compete?
Definitely, I think we were lucky to compete because Peter has been
ill, but you have to deal with that. What if that happens in any
competition, you have to make the most. And we came together and did
quite well considering. You have had a difficult few time over the
last beer mugs with the death of your father. How has your
preparation been to two years ago when you ended up as world
champion? It has been a tough couple of months, but I am doing
diving because it is something I love to do and something my father
loved and loved me to do. Does it help to be part of the team and
having a team event to help get you going question mark it always helps
to dive with Pete. I think there is so much more to come from this in
the future. Plenty of time before your individual 10m platform. Will
you be fully fit? Yes, lots of training this week. I have a bit of
a gap that until the individual so I can get some good training under
my belt. Hopefully get the top 12 we need to qualify for the Olympics
and if we get medals, we get medals. All the best for Sunday.
What a start. Maybe a bit disappointing not to be in the
Highlights from Shanghai, where world champion Tom Daley and Olympic silver medallist Pete Waterfield compete in their first world championships as a synchro combination. The duo, who won gold in the 10m synchronised event at the 2011 Diving World Series in Sheffield, lead a British team of 11 in China looking to qualify for the 2012 Olympics in London.