In gold medal position at the halfway stage of the 10m synchro, the British pair’s fourth dive went disastrously wrong. A range of marks between six and eight, as opposed to the nines and above they had been happily gathering, meant they dropped to fourth after four rounds and there they remained, nine painful points and one place off the podium.
Going for the same dive, Waterfield over-rotated and his entry was poor. The judges awarded a score of just 71.28 – and in that instant the gold medal was gone.
After the event Daley took to his Twitter account.
#gutted so sorry everyone but we tried our best and you can’t afford to miss a dive at this standard…bring on individual!
— Tom Daley (@TomDaley1994) July 30, 2012