Gallantree snatches world gold with Daley for Great Britain

Britain's Rebecca Galantree and Thomas Daley pose eith their gold medalsafter winning the Team Event diving final in Kazan. Picture: Sergei Grits/AP.
Britain's Rebecca Galantree and Thomas Daley pose eith their gold medalsafter winning the Team Event diving final in Kazan. Picture: Sergei Grits/AP.
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TOM DALEY and City of Leeds’s Rebecca Gallantree won a brilliant gold for Great Britain at the World Aquatics Championships in Kazan.

Daley delivered a stunning fourth dive in their six-stage combination in the team event, with four of the six judges scoring it a perfect 10.

The British pair totalled 434.65 points, putting them ahead of Ukraine, who took second place, and bronze medallists China.

It was the first time a mixed team event had been staged at the World Championships.

Daley had been focusing on his speciality 10m platform individual event, which begins on Saturday, with Gallantree competing in the 3m springboard from Friday.

Gallantree, 30, who took 10th place alongside City of Leeds team-mate Alicia Blagg in the 3m synchro on Saturday, said of the shared success with Daley: “I can’t quite believe it. It’s a little bit surreal at the moment.

“To be honest, I’m gutted I didn’t do a front like that in the synchro but obviously there’s lots of positives to take out of it and I’m really looking forward to my individual now.”

Their triumph followed the bronze won by Jack Laugher and Chris Mears in the 3m synchro on Tuesday, and gave Daley his second World Championship gold - six years on from landing his 10m platform title.

“We really don’t know what happened there,” Daley said. “We went into the competition as a bit of a warm-up for our individual events.

“But to come away with a result like that is amazing. I had my highest score ever on the armstand, Becky did one of her best front dives in competition she’s ever done.

“I was a little bit nervous doing the dive from three metres because I’m not used to springboard diving. I actually thought I was going to hit my head on the board but I got nines for that dive.”

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