Tom Claims Double Gold
Tom claimed a second gold medal during the World Junior Diving Championships in Adelaide, demonstrating superb form throughout the prelim and storming to victory in the boys’ 10m platform event.
Tom produced a superb sequence of five dives during the competition, scoring 108 points with his fourth and 99 with his fifth – for which he was awarded perfect 10s by five judges and 9.5 by the other two! Tom’s total score of 663.95 left him 52 points ahead of China’s Yang Jian, who won the silver medal.
“I’m really happy with my performance today,” said Tom. “Scoring straight tens on my last two dives was one of my best achievements.”
Earlier last week, Tom also won gold in the 3m Synchro event with new diving partner, Jack Laugher.
Jack and Tom were consistent throughout the rounds, steadily building up their lead with each dive, and Tom admitted this was the key to their success.
“It’s a big surprise really,” said Tom after the competition, “I don’t usually do springboard and Jack rarely does Synchro so we weren’t sure how we would get on beforehand.”
“We had a slightly easier list than some of our competitors but we executed all the dives well and steadily built a lead throughout the competition. It’s my first gold medal at a Junior Worlds and it is great to say I am World Junior champion.”
The duo finished top of the pile with a total score of 338.85 for their five-round effort ahead of Russia’s Ilia Kuzmin and Maxim Popkov who scored 307.92 and Australia’s Matthew Barnard and Darcy Taylor who took bronze with 305.88.back to news