The defending Commonwealth champion of this event was rooted to the foot of the standings after scoring just 111.30 from his opening two dives.
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There was little to lose for each participant inside the Royal Commonwealth Pool by virtue of the fact that all 11 divers were automatically guaranteed to be present in the final.
Nevertheless, the minimal risk did not stop 14-year-old Matthew Dixon from showcasing his abilities, as the young English talent finished 10th with a total of 365.65, while Denny posted a 408.40 in sixth position.
Tonight's showpiece is scheduled to begin at 7.30pm.