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Tom Daley and Peter Waterfield win National Cup gold


Daley shows off new synchro dive

Tom Daley reflected on a "really encouraging" competitive debut with Peter Waterfield as the pair won National Cup gold in the 10m synchro.

The duo scored 438.54 points, producing a highly-ranked front four-and-a-half somersault on their way to victory.

"We were five points off what myself and Max [Brick] scored to win gold at the [2010] Commonwealths, so first time out that's pretty good," Daley said.

Joe Meszaros and Callum Johnstone scored 361.41 to claim silver.

James Denny and Daley's ex-partner Brick were a mere 0.48 points back in third at the new Southend Swimming and Diving Centre.

The four-and-a-half somersault is a make-or-break dive - if you hit it you're going to be right up there

Tom Daley

Most of the attention, however, was focussed on Daley and Waterfield's programme.

Daley ended his partnership with Blake Aldridge after the Beijing Olympics and finished ninth with Brick at the 2009 World Championships.

He had hoped to compete with Waterfield at the Commonwealth Games but Waterfield pulled out with safety concerns.

Since finally coming together, Daley and Waterfield have spent the past month collaborating on an impressive programme that includes two dives that are among the highest-ranked in terms of degree of difficulty.

Should the pair's partnership continue into the London 2012 Olympics, successful execution of the notoriously difficult four-and-a-half somersault will be key to their medal chances.

And world 10m platform champion Daley said they plan to persevere with the dive.

"That's going to be our main tactic - to have the front four-and-a-half," Daley, 16, stated.

"It's a make-or-break dive. If you hit it and you do it really well then you're going to be right up there, so it's just about making sure we feel comfortable with doing it in the competition."

Waterfield added: "Let's not get it wrong, we've got to get all the other dives good as well.

"But, that one, if we do it good it will boost the scores. It's the first time we used it - the timing was there, we just got to get the dives a little bit better."

Monique Gladding, meanwhile, completed the double in the women's platform events, adding the individual 10m platform title to the 10m synchro gold she won on Friday.

Chloe Hurd and Alicia Blagg took gold in the women's three-metre synchro discipline.

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