Daley focused on third title

Tom Daley, right, pictured with team-mate James Denny, will bid for individual gold at the Commonwealth Games on Saturday

Tom Daley, right, pictured with team-mate James Denny, will bid for individual gold at the Commonwealth Games on Saturday

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Tom Daley is determined to claim his third Commonwealth Games title when the Glasgow 2014 diving competition concludes on Saturday at Edinburgh's Royal Commonwealth Pool.

The 20-year-old from Plymouth won silver alongside James Denny on Friday night in the men's synchronised 10-metres platform after just a week's preparation courtesy of a near-perfect last dive.

Now Daley will take to the same platform for the individual event in which he won Olympic bronze at London 2012.

Matthew Mitcham, the 2008 Olympic champion and individual silver medallist in Delhi four years ago behind Daley, won his first Commonwealth gold in the synchronised event and will provide strong competition.

"Matt's diving really well," said Daley, who admitted venturing into an Edinburgh heaving with festival goers is "nigh-on impossible".

"It's going to be a battle. He's only ever won silvers at Commonwealth Games, that was his first gold.

"He's going to be hungry for another gold, but so am I."

After accumulating six silvers in three Games - four in Delhi and two at Glasgow 2014 - Mitcham is eager for another gold.

Mitcham said: "That has given me a little bit of confidence.

"I do feel like I'm in a zone where I'm diving pretty consistently, I'm diving the best I have in a few years, just because injuries have really set me back a long, long way.

"Seeing the consistency that I've had here and the form I've had here, I haven't seen this form in years, since Delhi."

With just four pairs in the synchronised event, only two were to be awarded medals and the English pair were fourth ahead of the final dive.

Daley and Denny had just seven days of training together after deciding to enter last Friday 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.

Mitcham and Domonic Bedggood held their nerve, though, finishing with a back two-and-a-half somersault two-and-a-half twists which scored 88.56 to win by 0.18 with a total of 399.54.

Daley said: "It's agonisingly close and we know that, but it's one of those things.

"We're a new pair. We've only ever done three training sessions together.

"We're pretty happy with the way that we dived. The last dive I was surprised at because you never know what's going to happen under pressure. We managed to pull it out when it counted."

It was a dramatic conclusion to a day which began with Jack Laugher and Chris Mears winning the men's three-metres springboard event.

It was a second gold for Laugher, the one-metre springboard individual champion on Wednesday and silver medallist in the three-metres individual event on Thursday.

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.

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