Last Updated: August 13, 2012 2:56pm
Tom Daley: Olympic bronze medallist believes China are losing their dominance
With the diving competition being one of the most-watched sports of the 2012 Olympics, it provided everything that was expected and much more.
As well as the drama, skill and gripping atmosphere, there was shock. And a lot of it.
With the Chinese divers having dominated the sport for so long, it seemed the pressure simply proved too much for the strict world-leaders when it came down to the test.
It was this test in London which has opened up debate over the supremacy of China on the diving boards.
Olympic bronze medallist Tom Daley, has boldly suggested that China will no longer be the dominant force of diving by the next Games in Rio de Janeiro.
The Chinese failed to secure their target of a clean sweep of the diving gold medals in London over the past fortnight, although they did win six of the eight on offer.
That followed a perfect record at last year's World Championships, while in Beijing only Australia's Matthew Mitcham denied them on the 10-metre platform - diving's blue ribband competition.
The Chinese again came unstuck on the highest board in London with hot favourite Qiu Bo suffering one of the shocks of the Games when he lost out to American David Boudia.
Daley was third - his first Olympic medal - in one of the most dramatic Olympic finals ever witnessed and, after Russia's Ilya Zakharov out-dived the Chinese to claim gold on the springboard, the 18-year-old Briton believes he has seen enough to suggest the world are catching China.
He said: "Definitely the Chinese divers don't necessarily like pressure.
"If you constantly apply that pressure they sometimes falter. That's what happened in Rome in 2009 when I won the World Championships.
"The Chinese domination is slowly coming to an end. Qiu Bo this year has been unstoppable and that's why it was such a surprise for him not to win. That was a big shock.
"With myself and David challenging him that is great for the sport.
"Hopefully the Chinese domination will go away into the future.
"Now everyone is catching them up they don't have anywhere to run. They don't have many more somersaults that they can fit in."
Daley believes he can be at the front of the charge to unseat the Chinese as he immediately turned his attention to stepping further up the podium in Rio.
"Definitely the Chinese divers don't necessarily like pressure. "
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The teenager had led heading into the final round of Saturday night's final, but a lower degree of difficulty for his final leap saw him slip behind Boudia and Qiu - a young duo who are both likely to remain as his main rivals over the next four years.
He added: "The peak age for a diver is between 22 and 24. So for me Rio 2016 is going to be the peak-performance Olympics."
The atmosphere in the Aquatics Centre for Daley's final was not just electrifying and heart-warming, it was also a piece of history in the making. For the first time, China came unstuck and did not know how to handle defeat.
As the young British diver has asserted though, it may well be something they have to get used to in the coming years.
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