Tom Daley makes shock exit from diving semi finals at Rio after leading preliminaries
Tom Daley has made a shock early exit from the Rio Olympics 10m platform diving, as he failed to make the finals, after winning in the preliminary heat.
Daley qualified for the semi-final last night technically without even needing all six dives, coming first with a personal best score of 571.85 overall.
But he failed to make tonight’s final, placing 18th, last, in the semi-finals today, with a score of 403.25.
Speaking to the BBC he said: “It’s really hard to accept. I’ve worked so hard.
“Yesterday I scored the highest score ever in an Olympic Games. Today it wasn’t meant to be. That’s what diving does sometimes.
“I truly am heartbroken because I feel like I am in the peak physical condition and I could have won tonight.”
He adds: “I’m so happy with how GB have done, so proud to be part of it and I wanted to be able to stand on top of that podium, so it will be another four years’ hard work.”
Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh played in the match against the Netherlands this evening, becoming the first married lesbian couple to jointly win an Olympic gold medal.
Daley who won a bronze medal with Daniel Goodfellow earlier this week in the synchronised diving finals.
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