World Aquatics Championships: Tom Daley makes semi-final

Diver Tom Daley reached the World Aquatics Championships individual 10m platform semi-final in Barcelona but only after struggling with injury.

The Olympic medallist tore his triceps in April and only returned to training recently, but the issue reappeared during a warm-up on Thursday.

Daley, 19, was treated between each round as he went on to finish 13th with a score of 406.40 in the preliminaries.

Daniel Goodfellow went out in 28th on his major international debut.

Daley was concerned with his fitness before the event and played down his medal hopes, although coach Andy Banks remains optimistic the teenager will be fit enough to qualify for Sunday’s final.

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Daley admits fitness concerns

Banks told BBC Sport: “He is receiving treatment now before the semi-finals which will hopefully put him in a better frame of mind to dive more consistently.

“Entry is one of the key things and being able to lock up the arm as you go into the water which the triceps is key in doing so he is missing that a little bit.”

The diver particularly struggled with his two most complex routines, but was saved by an impressive inward 3.5 somersault routine and two solid efforts at the end of qualification.

“We’ve worked so hard on the process of the dive and if he has something else that is taking his mind off it then it doesn’t make it easy against the best in the world,” added Banks.

“Hopefully we can get it away from his mind a little bit and make him feel a little bit better.”

Defending world champion Qui Bo of China and London Olympic gold medallist David Boudia of the US led the standings after the preliminaries, scoring 524.40 and 503.30 respectively.

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