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Last Updated: Thursday, 14 December 2006, 11:59 GMT
Relieved Taylor returns to action
Leon Taylor
Taylor has worked hard to return to full fitness
Olympic silver medallist Leon Taylor has recovered from a career-threatening injury and will return to action at the British Diving Championships.

The Sheffield diver, who missed the Commonwealth Games in March, had a fourth shoulder operation in June.

"There were times I didn't think I'd be able to dive again and that was very difficult to come to terms with.

"But I've worked hard, had great support and am ready to return to my very best," said Taylor.

Taylor partnered Peter Waterfield to win silver in the synchronised 10m diving event at the 2004 Athens Games and also claimed bronze at last year's World Championships.

The 29-year-old will compete in that event as well as the individual platform discipline in Manchester this weekend.

The top two divers in each event will qualify for next year's World Championships in Melbourne in March.

Teams from Greece, the Czech Republic, Poland and Saudi Arabia will also be competing for the first time in a British Championships.

Olympic champion Thomas Bimis, who claimed gold in the 3m synchronised springboard event in Athens, is part of the Greek team and will be up against Britons Tony Ally and Peter Waterfield.

British Diving Performance Director Steve Foley said: "The foreign teams will give our athletes an extra push to succeed.

"They know they are competing against teams that may be in the World Championships and so will want to raise the level of their dives."

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