London 2012 Olympics: Daley and Waterfield miss out on a medal

Tom Daley & Peter Waterfield were made to pay for one poor dive as they finished fourth in the 10m synchronised platform event

Tom Daley and Peter Waterfield narrowly missed out on a medal as they finished fourth in the 10m synchronised platform event at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park.

The duo led after three dives but could not maintain their run as they finished with a total of 454.65, while Chinese favourites Yuan Cao and Yanquan Zhang scored 486.78 to win gold.

The silver medal went to the Mexican pair, who claimed their first medal in any men’s synchronised diving event, while USA won the bronze medal.

Daley, Britain’s youngest ever world champion in any sport, said coming fourth was agonising but he is looking ahead to his individual event which will begin on 10 August.

“The crowds have been amazing – I’m getting emotional thinking about it,” said Daley. “It was all we dreamed of and to come fourth was so agonising after training so hard. We’ve got the individual events to look forward to and hopefully we’ll get back on our game.”

Daley, who became Britain’s youngest Olympian in 48 years at the Beijing Games in 2008, said after missing the fourth dive the pair were left with too much to do, despite huge encouragement from the crowd.

“After three dives we were on the highest score we’ve ever got, but then we missed the fourth dive and in this competition and this field you can’t afford to miss any dives,” he continued.

“We did well to stay in fourth and the home crowd really did lift us after that and gave us the drive and determination to come back and do two solid dives.

“At the end of the day if we had got nine points more we would have been on that podium. It was an amazing experience and I went into the competition giving it my all, I tried my best and it was great to have all my family there supporting me cheering me and I can’t wait to go and see them.

“It’s upsetting that I haven’t been able to realise my Olympic dream with Pete and win an Olympic medal, but we’re going to go back to Southend to our holding camp and train there and be back ready for the individual event.”

Waterfield, also evidently disappointed by their fourth place finish, added: “It’s the worst place to finish at an Olympics, I’d rather finish last because at least then you know you’ve missed every dive.”

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