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Daley seventh as Mitcham triumphs

Video - Daley dips his toe in the pool of success

Australia's Matthew Mitcham produced a near perfect final dive to win 10m platform gold and deny the Chinese a clean sweep of the diving medals.

China's Zhou Luxin botched his final dive to open the door for Mitcham who scored a massive 112.10 points to finish four ahead of Zhou on 537.95.

Russian world champion Gleb Galperin took the bronze with 525.80 points.

Britain's 14-year-old Tom Daley was fourth after the first dive and finished a creditable seventh overall.

The Plymouth schoolboy opened with his most difficult dive, an inward 2.5 somersaults with 1.5 twists and scored an impressive 81.60.

I've got two days off, then it's back in the pool and training for the World Junior Championships

Tom Daley

Four more solid dives followed but Daley slipped to sixth going into the final round and under-rotated his reverse 3.5 somersaults in tuck to score 64.60 and drop a place.

But it matched Nick Robinson Baker and Ben Swain's finish in the men's 3m synchronised pair and Daley was pleased with his performance.

He told BBC Sport: "It's been fantastic and a top eight finish means more funding, so it's all gone to plan.

Video - Daley promises more to come

"My first dive was not as good as normal but my second dive gave me more confidence and I just enjoyed myself.

"I've gained loads of experience in Beijing - this has been a big bonus going into 2012 as I now know what the Olympics are like.

"I'm going to work on some harder dives and increasing my tariffs so I can be more competitive."

There is little time for reflection for Daley though.

"I've got two days off, then it's back in the pool and training for the World Junior Championships which I think I leave for on 12 September," he added.

Four men went into the final dive with a chance of winning gold.

Leon Taylor

Galperin set the mark, scoring a terrific 102.60 on his final attempt.

Zhou, who had led for much of the competition and had a comfortable advantage, looked likely to complete China's clean sweep, but he messed up his last dive to only score 74.80.

That was enough for first place, until Mitcham's stunning back 2.5 somersaults with 2.5 twists saw him score four perfect 10s and a 9.5 to total 112.10.

China had one last chance to win gold, but Huo Liang also went in crooked and stayed fourth, giving Australia their first platform title and their first diving gold since 1924.

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