Daley wins British junior championship gold at Life Centre
Tom Daley added another prize to his trophy cabinet as he easily won the 10 metres title at the British Gas Elite Junior Diving Championships at the Plymouth Life Centre yesterday.
Daley's presence alone drew large crowds to the new multi-sport venue, with everyone wanting to see the former world and European champion in action in a top domestic competition.
The 17-year-old did not let down his fans, claiming the boy's platform (14-18 years) crown by 140 points with a total of 637.55.
Daley's nearest rival was a guest diver from South Australia, Matthew Barnard, with 498.95 points, but for scoring purposes silver went to City of Bradford's Sam Thornton (476.35), with Cambridge's Dan Goodfellow third (448.50).
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Daley was watched by his Plymouth Diving and Great Britain team-mate Tonia Couch, with whom he leaves for the remaining World Series events, in Russia and Mexico, over the next two weekends.
The Life Centre's aquatics director and Team GB coach Andy Banks felt Daley, winner of three silver medals in the opening World Series competitions at Dubai and Beijing, had acquitted himself well.
He said: "Tom was keen to dive as it was in Plymouth and the Life Centre, but it is a ticking-over event for him. But it's not just about Tom, as we've also had some great results from the younger divers in these first two days."
Plymouth Diving's fast-improving youngster Shanice Lobb joined Daley on the gold standard, by finishing as top Briton in the girls' 1m final.
Lobb, 14, who claimed a silver medal in the girls' synchro with Kayleigh Sinclair on the first day, broke her personal best total twice yesterday to top the home divers' list with 318.30 points.
Matthew Dixon claimed his second gold of the juniors, beating synchro partner Will Hallam into second place in the boys' 1m final.