World Aquatics Championships: Tom Daley finishes seventh in 10m platform final

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'Ouch!' - String of bad dives cost Daley in World Championships

Britain's Tom Daley has lost his World Championship crown, finishing a shock seventh in the 10m platform final.

Daley, 25, led after the first of six rounds before a mistake in the second.

"Fortunately this isn't the Olympics. If this happens next year, I'll be more upset but, for now, I'm happy I've done the job I came here to do," Daley said.

With China's eventual gold medallist Yang Jian and second-placed Yano Hao producing superb routines, the Briton was left to battle for bronze.

However, Daley fell out of contention after a poor fifth-round dive - and a lifetime-best performance by Russian bronze medallist Aleksandr Bondar.

It was a disappointing finale for the Briton, who won the individual 10m platform gold two years ago.

"Obviously I'm a bit disappointed but also excited about getting ready for next year. I came with one job: to qualify two places for the Olympics. And I did that," Daley said.

"I have come really far in 12 months and things are getting better and better. I didn't think I'd get better than I was in 2016 and 2017 but I'm getting there.

"The preparation wasn't perfect for these World Championships but I have a World Series place, so that's the minimum secured."

He added: "Those Chinese divers are phenomenal and would have been hard to beat even at my best, but that's great to see for the sport.

"I'm still a world medallist, and come away with two Olympic places and today was just about having fun. The result wasn't the result I wanted but I still had fun."

Great Britain team-mate Noah Williams, 19, finished 10th in his World Championship debut.

Earlier on Saturday, Daley - who won 10m synchro bronze with Matty Lee on Monday - came fourth with mixed 3m synchro partner Grace Reid.

Following an individual 3m bronze for Jack Laugher and his silver alongside Dan Goodfellow, the British diving team finish the 2019 World Championships with three medals - their second best haul after the four achieved in 2015.

Their target was to achieve six Tokyo 2020 Olympics qualification places. They secured seven and will hope to attain more at next year's World Cup in Japan.

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