Thursday 19 April 2018

Yuan hell of a beating for Daley

Tom Daley missed out on an Olympic medal and then came under fire from gold medallists China after the 10m platform synchro at the Aquatics Centre yesterday.

Teenage duo Cao Yuan and Zhang Yanquan weathered an early storm from Daley and his veteran partner Pete Waterfield, who led at the halfway stage, before easing to gold.

The Britons slipped down to fourth and their failure seemingly made the Chinese pair's success sweeter after Daley had claimed in the lead-up that they could be vulnerable under pressure in their first Olympics.

"I think it's only Tom that thinks that," 17-year-old Yuan said. "He thinks I can't go through pressure, that I might crumble. I've never felt like that. I usually don't look at other athletes. That's why I don't feel any pressure."

Victory for the Chinese duo continued their unbeaten run in international competition since they took over as the country's first choice after last year's World Championships.

Irish Independent

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