Delhi 2010: Tom Daley and Max Brick win diving gold
Daley and Brick win diving gold
Teenage English divers Tom Daley and Max Brick won gold in the men's 10m synchro at the Commonwealth Games.
The pair secured the title in Delhi ahead of Australia with Canada third and Malaysia last in a four-team final.
Daley, 16, and Brick, 18, took the lead after their second dive and entered the final round 11.52 points ahead of Australia in a fight between the two.
A solid final effort from the English duo sealed gold by 15.84 points with a combined total of 439.65.
Later on Tuesday at the SP Mukherjee Aquatics Complex, England's Nick Robinson-Baker and Chris Mears' challenge for 3m springboard synchro bronze fell short.
Robinson-Baker and Mears finished only 3.7 points behind third-placed Malaysia's Bryan Nickson Lomas and Ken Nee Yeoh.
England diving duo delighted with gold
Canada's Alex Despatie and Rueben Ross took gold with Australia's Matt Mitcham and Ethan Warren, who had led the favourites before the final dive, in second.
Despatie's victory earns him his third Commonwealth gold in Delhi and the ninth of his career.
It was an emotional victory for Daley, whose father Rob was absent absent as as he recovers from chemotherapy for a brain tumour.
"It was a very tough event but we have been putting a lot of work in," Daley, from Plymouth, told BBC Radio 5 live.
"We did one of the hardest dives in our list but we pulled it off today and we got a massive personal best as well.
"We wanted to come here and do well and to get the gold was the icing on the cake."
Victory for world 10m champion Daley, who missed the European championships in August, marked a triumphant end to an injury-hit 2010.
Daley added: "It has been a difficult year since Rome [world championship in 2009] with injury, growing and learning new dives.
"It has been tough. We'd only been training 10 days at the European Championships before I tore my tricep and we had 10 days before we came here so it's only been 20 days of training since Rome and we've come away with a Commonwealth gold medal."
Rob Daley is Tom's biggest supporter but was advised not to travel to India because of the risk of infection after his treatment.
His son honoured a pledge to ring home if he secured gold.
"I watched it on telly and had a phone call within a minute of his last dive," said the 39-year-old.
"He was over the moon and he wanted to speak to me as quick as possible because he knew I couldn't be out there with him."
Daley and Brick were watched by Olympics 2012 chief Lord Coe, and hope they can continue their partnership through to the London Games.
"Hopefully by the time Olympics come around we'll have a lot more training under our belts and hopefully we'll be even better," said Daley.
Of his pairing with Brick, he said: "We could really become a strong synchro team. If we work hard and train hard we could become a force to reckon with."
Brick, of Southampton, said the pair benefited from a relatively low-key build-up.
"We've not had a lot of Press at the training camp so it's been quite good to just get some training under our belts and it's all come off," he said.
• A documentary on Tom Daley and his father Rob -
The Diver and his Dad
- is on BBC One from 2235 BST on Tuesday.
The film focuses on Rob's battle with a brain tumour as he strives to support his son.
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