Olympic diving hope Dingley eclipses Daley
Published 16/11/2015 | 02:30
Ireland's first Olympic diving hope in nearly 70 years got a massive boost yesterday by beating British superstar Tom Daley in the Irish Open Championships in Dublin.
Ollie Dingley (22) pipped Daley by just a single point in the one-metre springboard event at the National Aquatic Centre in Abbotstown.
Dingley (22) is a former four-time British champion and springboard specialist who won Commonwealth bronze in 2014. His grandmother hails from Cork and he sat out competition for the past year to transfer allegiance to Ireland with the hope of qualifying for next year's Olympic Games in Rio.
Daley's 2012 Olympic bronze was in his 10-metre platform speciality but pipping him on the lower board yesterday, and also finishing runner-up to him in the three-metre event, was a massive fillip to Dingley who is only back from a three-month injury lay-off.
Maynooth's Jack Ffrench (17) also underlined his considerable potential by making the podium in both springboard events and Dublin teenager Natasha McManus narrowly missed gold in the junior women's one-metre event.