The Olympic diving final
I wait nervously with bated breath in anticipation for Tom Daley to dive 9th. I think many people momentarily forget the fact that he’s only 18 years of age, competing against older and more experienced divers in the men’s 10m platform diving.
Round one was a 2 ½ somersault 2 ½ twist in pike position with a difficulty of 3.6. His take off was slightly disappointing, giving him a score of 75.6 . Clearly he was not happy with the dive and stated that all the flashes from the cameras in the crowd were off-putting, slightly diva-ish perhaps but true. Unexpectedly, Daley was granted his re-dive, it was almost like fate! He scored an amazing 91.80, putting him in 3rd place.
Round two was also brilliant and Daley scored 86.40 putting him in 5th position out of 6 in the leader board.
Round three showed a vast improvement ; an arm stand back triple somersault pike with a difficulty of 3.5. Once again he nailed the dive scoring 92.75, he moved up one place into 4th position on the score board, with a total score of 270.95 only 7 points away from being in 3rd place.
Round four was absolutely outstanding, 4 ½ somersaults and it was incredible. The crowd went completely wild he scored 98.05 at the end of the round Tom was in 3rd place.
Round five again was an improvement with a back 3 ½ somersault in pike position, difficulty 3.6. Oh my god what a dive! That clean-cut dive gave him an amazing score of 97.20 putting him into 1st place but the fate would be in the next round.
Round 6 : The final diving round
The country waits nervously in anticipation. Tuck position, reverse 3 ½ somersault. The dive was nearly perfect and had footballer David Beckham on his feet.
USA’s David Boudia was just too incredible scoring a whopping 102.60 and claiming the gold medal, snatching it almost literally from the grasp of China’s Qui Bo! Showing that the Chinese are beatable!
Tom Daley came a proud 3rd receiving the bronze medal with a final total score of 556.95.
He was interviewed shortly after his success and stated
“Honestly this medal means so much to me, it’s unbelievable after, well it’s been the hardest year of my life, losing my Dad and you know it’s a shame that he wasn’t here today because I know he would have been proud of me for what I’ve done. To go into the prelim yesterday and have a shaky start and just scrape through to the semi-final and come back the next day and not lose the confidence. I’m literally so happy. I really wish that my Dad was here to see that”