Diving: Tom Daley secures British 10m platform title in first outing of the season
Last Updated: 10/02/13 6:42pm
Tom Daley: overcame illness to take British 10m platform title
Tom Daley retained his 10 metre platform title at the British Gas Diving Championships in his home town of Plymouth.
Tickets sold out in just 10 minutes and while Daley had suffered from a cold in the lead-up, the 18-year-old was never tested in his first competition of the year as he posted 501.00.
That was short of his best but half of his six-dive list did attract scores above 90 in his first competition of the season.
"I've been trying to overcome a chest and throat infection to compete here and it could've been a little bit better. There are a few tweaks I can make and hopefully it will come together later in the season."
"It wasn't too bad a start to the season - both my performances were over 500 which is all I can ask for really," Daley said.
"I've been trying to overcome a chest and throat infection to compete here and it could've been a little bit better.
"There are a few tweaks I can make and hopefully it will come together later in the season."
With Pete Waterfield absent - the veteran's diving future remains in doubt after a decision to cut his funding - Daley claimed victory by 126.10 points.
City of Leeds' James Denny won silver with 16-year-old Daniel Goodfellow - earmarked to be Daley's synchro partner in the future - taking bronze.
Edinburgh Diving Club's Grace Reid won her first senior title and denied Alicia Blagg a hat-trick of gold medals in the women's three-metre springboard.
Reid, 16, edged out her London Olympian rival by just 3.65 points with Becky Gallantree - who had won the past four titles - settling for bronze.
Yona-Knight Wisdom and Matthew Roberts won gold in the men's three-metre synchro competition.