Men’s Platform Preliminaries Conclude With Tom Daley Leading

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By Erin Keaveny, Swimming World College Intern

Men’s platform preliminaries have finished with Britain’s Tom Daley as the leader. The decisive dive of today seemed to be a front four and a half tuck, or 109c.

The British diver had an almost flawless performance, including his 109c which scored 103.6 points, the highest scoring dive in men’s platform so far. Daley finished only seven points ahead of China’s Qui Bo, who was followed by his teammate Chen Aisen in third place.

American reigning gold medalist David Boudia finished in fourth place. Boudia’s 109c in the third round was very short, and scored 49.95 points. The dive kept him from finishing with a higher score.

Steele Johnson also qualified for semifinals, taking the last qualifying spot in eighteenth place. Johnson scored only 37 points on his 109c, a dive that he has struggled with this competition season.

Boudia and Johnson have both shown they are capable of hitting their front four and a halfs, something they did in their silver medal synchronized platform performance last week. This time, Americans gave themselves enough room for error that they will continue onto the next round even with a missed dive. Hopefully tomorrow both men will find their entires with their first round jitters out of the way.

Diving will continue tomorrow at 9am local time with the men’s semifinals, and will conclude with finals at 2:30pm local time.

 

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Author: Erin Keaveny

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Erin Keaveny is a senior diver at Villanova University. She is a history and political science double major who grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts.

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