World Series Diving: Tom Daley wins 10m London gold

Daley wins 10m platform gold in London
By Nick Hope, BBC Olympic sports reporter in London

Britain's Tom Daley showed he can still beat the world-leading Chinese divers with a stunning display to secure 10m platform World Series gold in London.

Daley scored 554.05 to finish clear of China's world record holder Jian Yang (518.75) and Olympic silver medallist Qiu Bo (506.60).

Tonia Couch claimed her third successive individual 10m bronze.

Matty Lee and Georgia Ward won 10m mixed synchro silver, taking GB's total to a World Series best of six medals.

Daley won Olympic bronze at the London Aquatics Centre in 2012, but had not secured a World Series title since April 2013.

He failed finish on the podium at last year's event in London after struggling with his 'demon dive'.

The 2009 world champion revealed to the BBC he was replacing it with a new 'firework' routine earlier this year.

More medals for GB at World Series

The 'forward 3.5 somersault with one twist' dive scored an impressive 99.00 as Daley dominated the final.

"I knew I had this in the tank and that I could beat the Chinese," he told BBC Sport.

"It [99.00] is the highest I've ever scored with a 'twister' routine in my life, so it's great for it finally to work in competition."

Couch won synchronised 10m platform bronze alongside Sarah Barrow on Friday.

She continued her impressive individual form by claiming the final podium place with a total of 357.80 from her five routines, with Canada's Roseline Filion (379.15) taking gold and China's Huixia Liu (378.70) silver.

"To do it in front of a home crowd is just the best feeling ever," Couch told BBC Sport.

"I don't know what to put the great form down to, but I'm working hard and I guess I have a lot of experience now so hopefully it can continue."

Matthew Lee, Georgia Ward, Tom Daley and Tonia Couch
Lee, Ward, Daley and Couch contributed to Britain's best ever performance at a World Series event

Mixed synchronised competitions - featuring one male and one female - were only approved by the sport's international governing body, Fina, late last year.

Lee and Ward had not competed together before, but scored 331.14 to finish behind China and ahead of third-placed Russia.

They will now hope to be selected for this summer's World Championships in Kazan, Russia, when the event make its debut at a major international competition.

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