Daley and Denny secure silver

Tom Daley, pictured, and James Denny finished second to claim silver

James Denny, left, and Tom Daley finished with a flourish to take silver

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Tom Daley and James Denny came agonisingly close to Commonwealth Games gold in the men's synchronised 10m platform on Friday evening after a near-perfect final dive which left them settling for silver.

As there were only four pairs in the competition, just two medals were awarded at Edinburgh's Royal Commonwealth Pool and the English duo, a new partnership, had looked out of contention entering the sixth dive.

Daley and Denny had just seven days of training together after deciding to enter last week and the 20-year-old duo finished with a forward four-and-a-half somersault which scored 95.46 to record a total of 399.36.

Australia's Matthew Mitcham and Domonic Bedggood held their nerve to win by 0.18 with a total of 399.54.

Malaysia's Ooi Tze Liang and Chew Yiwei were third but missed out on a podium place.

Competition was taking place in front of Scotland's first minister Alex Salmond, with Daley using a Union Flag chamois to towel himself down between dives.

Daley won the event in Delhi with Max Brick, when only four entrants meant just two medals were awarded.

This time Daley was in a new pairing.

The London 2012 bronze medallist and Denny were fourth after the first two dives, but a score of 73.92 for an inward three-and-a-half somersault half twist saw them promoted to third.

At the halfway point in proceedings, with the English pair preparing for their fourth plunge off the top platform, the event announcer reminded the crowd that only two medals would be awarded and Denny over-rotated at entry.

The English duo slipped to fourth ahead of the final round, but nailed their final dive, a forward four-and-a-half somersault, and were rewarded accordingly by the judges, who handed them an event high 95.46.

Mitcham and Bedggood scored 88.56 with their final dive - a back two-and-a-half somersault two-and-a-half twists - to move ahead of the English duo with two dives to go.

The Malaysian pair could not better their rivals, meaning only Canada could displace Australia and England from the podium, but they failed to do so.

It was Mitcham's first Commonwealth gold medal.

Daley's defence of the individual 10m platform title he won in Delhi in 2010 takes place on Saturday's final day of diving competition.

Jack Laugher and Chris Mears earlier won the men's three-metres springboard for England.

Laugher, the one-metre springboard individual champion on Wednesday and silver medallist in the three-metres individual event on Thursday, and Mears finished with a total of 431.94 to triumph.

Mitcham and Grant Nel took silver for Australia with 403.14.

A second English pair reached the podium as Nick Robinson-Baker and Freddie Woodward claimed bronze with 364.41.

Grace Reid came agonisingly close to Scotland's first Commonwealth Games diving medal in 56 years in the women's one-metre springboard final, but finished fifth.

The 18-year-old, diving in her home pool, was in silver medal position entering the final round, but finished with a total of 269.40 as Canada's Jennifer Abel won with a score of 287.25.

Reid was hoping to become Scotland's second diving medallist, after Sir Peter Heatly, who is now 90 and won the last of his five medals in Cardiff in 1958.

Heatly watched his grandson James dive in the Royal Commonwealth Pool earlier this week.

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