Live Commentary: Olympic diving - day 15 as it happened

Live Commentary: Olympic diving - day 15 as it happened
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Sports Mole brings you live text commentary from Tom Daley's 10m platform semi-final.

Good morning and welcome to Sports Mole's live coverage from day 15 of the Olympic diving.

London's Aquatics Centre plays host to the final of the men's 10m platform today, and home favourite Tom Daley is in action after cruising through the semi-final.

Daley, who finished in an overall fourth in the previous round, will need to step up his game to compete with the seemingly invincible Qiu Bo.

The Chinese phenomenon is one of many strong opponents tonight. His compatriot Lin Yue looked in impressive form in the previous rounds, as did Germany duo Sascha Klein and Martin Wolfram.


10.20pmThat's all from our London 2012 aquatics coverage, but Sports Mole will continue to bring you all the action from future swimming and diving events throughout the year!

10.18pmThat concludes the action at the Aquatics Centre at London 2012. It's been absolutely superb. We're sure Daley will be back for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil!

10.13pmA superb performance by Daley here tonight. That score he picked would likely have won every other competition in the world! But let's not take anything way from Boudia and Qiu. It truly has been a masterclass of diving tonight!

10.00pmTom Daley wins bronze for Team GB with a final score of 556.95.

9.59pmAt the end of the contest, Boudia takes gold with a score of 568.65 and Qui takes the silver with 566.85.

9.58pmHe hammered his back 2 1/2 somersault 2 1/2 twists and earns 100.80! That gives him the silver and Boudia takes the gold for his diving masterclass!

9.57pmQiu needs to dig deep to knock the American off the top of the podium!

9.56pmLin looks to be going home empty-handed. He's in fifth after scoring 90.00 on his final dive.

9.54pmBoudia responds with a stunning back 2 1/2 somersault 2 twists. The dive's higher degree of difficulty lifts him above Daley! He earns 102.60 and moves into first place!

9.54pmHe nailed his reverse 3 1/2 somersault. It's almost perfect! But the dive's low degree of difficulty will hamper him a tad. He earns 90.75! THAT IS A MEDAL, but we don't know what colour it will be yet.

9.52pmHere comes the biggest dive of Daley's life.

9.52pmMartin Wolfram has seriously injured his shoulder, but soldiered through his last dive and scored 92.50.

9.48pmKlein puts in a big finish and earns 91.80 on his final dive. He won't be among the medals tonight either.

9.47pmGuerrra ends with a tally of 527.70. That is a great score, but it won't be enough for a medal tonight due to the level of competition.

9.42pmIt could not be closer here at the Aquatics Centre. It has gone to the wire, and there may even be a dive-off to separate the medal positions.

9.41pmAt the end of round five DALEY IS FIRST on 466.20, Boudia and Qui are in joint second on 466.05!

9.41pmQiu keeps his cool. His launch and aerial work on his forward 4 1/2 somersault earn him 94.35.

9.40pmLin pulls off a good armstand somersault and picks up 91.80. He moves into third!

9.39pmBoudia responds yet again! His back 3 1/2 somersault was superb on execution despite him throwing up a little too much splash. The judges hand him 91.80. Daley maintains a slender lead! It's going down to the last dive!

9.37pmHe goes with a back 3 1/2 somersault. It is the last of his big tariff dives, so it needed to be BIG, and it was! He buried it! The judges award him with a score of 97.20 and the pressure is on the rest now as he moves into first.

9.35pmHere comes Daley's penultimate dive!

9.32pmGuerra, who went into this round in fifth, puts pressure on Daley with an 82.50-rated reverse 3 1/2 somersault.

9.30pmNavarro fires another one of his big guns - a reverse 3 1/2 somersault. He over-rotated slightly, but 89.10 keeps him among the chasing pack.

9.27pmAt the end of round four, Boudia leads on 374.25, Qiu is second on 371.70, and Daley is third on 369.00 with a buffer of 19 points.

9.27pmQiu doesn't look like he's about to botch any of his though. 93.60 for dive number four.

9.26pmHe was well off on his entry on his forward 4 1/2 somersault. Only 68.45 for a dive of that difficulty could put him out of it!

9.25pmIt's game on as Lin falters on his fourth dive!

9.25pmBoudia keeps the pressure of Daley with a reverse 3 1/2 somersault worth 98.05. He takes the lead, and is five points ahead of Daley.

9.24pmDaley nails his forward 4 1/2 somersault! His score of 98.05 sends him storming to the top!

9.23pmWolfram seemed to pick up a minor injury on his fourth dive. The score of 64.80 was painful for him too!

9.20pmKlein, needing to gain ground, nails his back 3 1/2 somersault and picks up 97.20. A great score, but was already too far off the pace.

9.19pmGuerra digs deep and scores 96.90 on his fourth dive. That could put him in contention!

9.17pmGarcia, who was in fifth going into this round, takes in his lowest score of 81.00 on his armstand somersault. It's first place for him for the time being.

9.15pmAt the end of round three Boudia is first one 283.50, Qiu is second on 278.10, Lin is third on 277.05, and Daley is fourth on 270.95.

9.14pmQiu is too close to the platform on launch, but the judges don't knock him down for that. A 92.40 for him. Generous that one!

9.13pmLin's third dive isn't his best, but when the Chinese falter they still pick up scores like 91.80! He moves up to second.

9.12pmBoudia responds with a near-flawless forward 4 1/2 somersault! He picks up a staggering 99.90 and knocks Daley off the top.

9.10pmDaley's third is an armstand back triple somersault, and it's another good one from him! Great aerial work and solid execution. He puts 92.75 on the board, and he's in first for the time being!

9.08pmWolfram's third dive is his weakest so far, earning 77.55. A great chance for Daley to capitalise!

9.06pmKlein is looking off his game now. His armstand back triple somersault throws up a small tsunami on entry and he his marked down with a 66.50.

9.05pmNavarro with an absolutely incredible 4 1/2 somersault! That has been the dive of the evening so far. The high degree of difficulty scores him 98.40! He takes the lead for now.

9.00pmQiu is first at the end of round two on 185.70, Lin is second on 185.25, and Boudia is joint-third with Wolfram on 183.60. Daley is fifth on 178.20.

9.00pmLin bags 94.05 for his reverse 3 1/2. His compatriot Qiu follows with an armstand somersault good for 94.50!

8.58pmBoudia responds by performing the same dive and picks up an identical score to Daley. He goes into the lead.

8.56pmDaley launches into an inward 3 1/2 somersault and enters the water cleanly as the crowd goes wild. A solid 86.40 for that one, and he will take second for now! Keep this up, Tom!

8.56pmWolfram's second dive was an inward 3 1/2 somersault. He's really on his game tonight, pulling in 86.40 for that one!

8.53pmKlein ups the ante with a forward 4 1/2 somersault. It was heavy on splash but the dive's difficulty earns him 83.25, moving him up to third.

8.51pmNavarro's second dive is a back 3 1/2 somersault with tuck. He went in at a slight angle, but the judges didn't seem to pick up on that. An 82.50 moves him up to the top for now.

8.48pmAt the end of round one, Boudia is in first, Wolfram in second, and Daley in third.

8.47pmQiu performs the same dive and bags an identical score to his compatriot.

8.46pmLin of China launches into an inward 3 1/2 somersault, and he pulls it off in style. The judges hand him 91.20, and he goes in behind Daley.

8.46pmBoudier, who had a great semi-final, is off to a strong start here. His armstand somersault is worth 97.20!

8.45pmHe gives the back 2 1/2 somersault 2 1/2 twists another shot and nails it this time! He was awarded 75.60 for the one that was discounted, but the re-dive was awarded 91.80! He goes into second behind Wolfram.

8.42pmThe crowd have been ordered not to use flash photography, and Daley steps up to perform his opener again.

8.42pmRe-dive permitted!

8.40pmDaley's opening dive is poor! It's a back 2 1/2 somersault 2 1/2 twists. He's claiming that camera flashes put him off and is asking for a re-dive! The ref is considering the request.

8.39pmA great opener for Martin Wolfram. His armstand somersault earns him a whopping 97.20. He's the one to beat so far!

8.37pmNicholas Mccrory of the US hasn't set the tournament alight so far, but he's off to a great start here. He goes into first with an inward 3 1/2 worth 86.40!

8.36pmA solid start for Germany's Klien too. He earns an 80.00 for his opening dive and moves to the top of the pile for now.

8.36pmGuerra of Cuba, a comeback king in the previous rounds, pulls off a decent forward 3 1/2 for 76.50.

8.35pmNavarro goes with a tough forward 4 1/2 somersault. The high degree of difficulty helps him pull in 83.25. The gamble pays off!

8.32amBondar goes with an inward 3 1/2 somersault. Good aerial work, but he enters the water at an angle. A 72.00 for him. Not one of his better dives.

8.31pmRiley McCormick of Canada gets us under way with a forward 3 1/2 somersault. It holds a low degree of difficulty but his execution was good. The judges award him with 76.50.

8.25pmThe even begins is around five minutes time. A total of 12 competitors will perform six dives each tonight. Daley is up ninth.

8.24pmMexico's Ivan Garcia Navarro is renowned for his love of high tariff dives, so there is likely to be a scrap for bronze tonight, and maybe silver too.

8.20pmIn terms of other contenders for the podium tonight, the two German's Sascha Klein and Martin Wolfram have been impressive all competition, and David Boudia of the United States had a great semi-final.

8.17pmFor those not up to speed on this competition, Team GB's other hopeful Peter Waterfield crashed out during the preliminary round. According to his Twitter, he took solace in several sausage and egg McMuffins from McDonalds.

8.14amHe's right about that. Anyone can make a mistake, and one botched dive is enough to send a competitor tumbling off the podium.

8.13pmDaley also had this to say on Twitter: "China seem unstoppable at the moment! But anything can happen."

8.11pmThere's a point. Why don't they hand out platinum medals at the Olympic Games? If they did, I'm sure China would win one in the diving!

8.10pmDaley himself has admitted that winning a bronze medal here tonight would be the equivalent of picking up gold. Anything above that he said would be like "platinum".

8.06amHe isn't in for an easy ride tonight. China's Qiu Bo and Lin Yue were phenomenal in the semi-final. You can read about how that unfolded here.

8.05pmWelcome back to SM's live coverage of the men's 10m platform. The final is less than half an hour away, and the hopes of the nation rest firmly on Tom Daley's shoulders.

12.13pmThat's all from me for now. Join us from 8.00pm this evening for all the action from the final!

12.10pmIf you've just joined us, there good news for Team GB is that Tom Daley has made it to the last 12. You can read our report on the semi-final here.

11.56amTom Daley qualifies for the final in fourth place with a score of 521.10.

11.55amAt the end of the final round, Qiu tops the pile on 563.55, Lin is second on 541.80 and Boudia in third on 531.15.

11.55amQiu storms through in pole position with a 97.20 for his back 2 1/2 somersault 2 1/2 twists.

11.54amLin ends on a spectacular back 2 1/2 somersault 2 1/2 twists for a 96.30, putting him on top.

11.52amMcCormick and Bondar are into the final, as is Wolfram, who books a place there with a nice forward 4 1/2 somersault worth 88.80.

11.51amGarcia Navarro edges through with a 79.80 on his final dive. Sanchez MIGHT make the cut with 88.80 for his forward 4 1/2 somersault.

11.48amMitcham over-rotates on his Back 2 1/2 Somersault 2 1/2 Twists. A 70.20 may not be enough to see him through! An agonising wait for him now.

11.43amBoudia, Guerra, and Minibaev will be joining him there. Others are to be confirmed soon.

11.41amIt's a measured reverse 3 1/2 somersault, and a big finish from him! That's worth 89.10, giving him a final haul of 521.10. Tom is in the final!

11.40amHere comes Daley's final dive!

11.38amAt the end of round five, Qiu leads on 466.35, Lin is second on 466.35, Boudia is third on 437.55, and Daley is in fourth on 432.00.

11.37amQiu with a forward 4 1/2 somersault. He falters slightly, but the judges don't seem to mind too much. They award him with 94.35, good for first place.

11.36amLin edges into the lead, but his armstand dive wasn't his best by a long shot. He throws up a lot of splash and is marked down on 75.60.

11.35amKlein can't oust the Brit either. He earns 74.25 for his reverse 3 1/2 somersault.

11.34amWolfram doesn't do enough to remove Daley from second place. A 86.40 for his back 2 1/2 somersault 2 1/2 twists.

11.32amSanchez breaks the top ten with his 89.10-rated reverse 3 1/2 somersault.

11.30amGarcia can only manage 74.25 on his fifth dive, and he's looking shaky.

11.29amMitcham should have done better than 74.25 on his armstand back triple somersault and he knows it. He'll move up to fourth for the time being, but won't stay there.

11.27amDaley remains in second for the time being. Minibaev of Russia is breathing down his neck, and Boudia sits above him. The Chinese, Mexicans and Germans are yet to dive, though.

11.22amIt's a back 3 1/2 somersault, and his steady improvement continues. That was one of the dives of the competition. A cool 91.80 for him, moving him into second behind Boudia.

11.21amDaley steps up for dive number five.

11.21amThe top 12 progress to the final, so Daley is in a strong position going into the penultimate round.

11.20amAt the end of round four, Lin is in first place on 372.60, Qiu is in second on Lin 372.60, and Boudia is third on 354.75. Daley is in seventh on 354.75.

11.16amLin Yue's impeccable 4 1/2 somersault earns him 94.35, then Qiu Bo goes one better with a staggering 102.60 for his back 3 1/2 somersault.

11.16amKlein pulls off the same move even better, taking 91.80 points. Now he's in second!

11.15amWolfram is looking good for the final. He earns 86.40 for a back 3 1/2 somersault and steals second from the Mexican.

11.12amGarcia's armstand is worth 81.00, moving him into second. His compatriot Sanchez is even better on his inward 4 1/2, scoring 86.10. He has slipped down to 11th though!

11.10amMitcham looks delighted with the way his reverse 3 1/2 somersault came off and he should be. He earned 90.75 for that one and moves into third behind Daley.

11.03amIt's a forward 4 1/2 somersault. His entry into the water was excellent! He's been consistent today, and comes away with 88.80 and moves into second.

11.02amHere comes Daley's fourth dive!

11.00amAt the end of round three, Lin leads on 278.25, Qiu is second on 269.40, and Boudia is third on 268.95. Daley is eighth in 251.40.

10.48amQiu can almost match that with his reverse 3 1/2 somersault. He grabs 94.05.

10.57amLin show brilliant technique on his back 3 1/2 somersault. He picks up a whopping 102.60!

10.56amKlei does better than his compatriot with an armstand back triple somersault worth 89.25.

10.55amWolfram's reverse 2 1/2 somersault isn't his best. He earns 79.20, and that will likely cost him the lead.

10.54amSanchez throws up more splash than a killer whale at Sea World on his third dive. He is marked down with a 36.30! A tough break for him.

10.53amNavarro with an inward 4 1/2 somersault. It is an incredibly difficult dive, so even though he as slightly off on entry, he earns 86.10 and moves into second behind Boudia.

10.49amMitcham is looking more like the Olympic champ he is, scoring 86.40 on his inward 3 1/2 somersault.

10.42amAn armstand back triple somersault from him. He was slightly loose on entry but that is good for 84.00! Up into second place he goes.

10.41amDaley is about to perform is third dive.

10.40amBoudia maintains his superb form. He picks up 94.35 for his forward 4 1/2 somersault.

10.39amAt the end of round two, Wolfram leads on 178.20, Sanchez is in second on 177.00, Garcia is third on 176.25. Daley is in ninth on 167.40.

10.38amLin earns 94.05 for his second dive, while Qiu falters slightly but still grabs 85.75.

10.36amWolfram takes the lead with an inward 3 1/2 somersault worth 86.40. His compatriot Klien moves into the business end with a forward 4 1/2 rated at 90.65.

10.35amSanchez outdoes him with a forward 2 1/2 somersault 3 twists. He comes away with a cool 91.20.

10.32amNavarro with a fantastic back 3 1/2 somersault. He adds 87.45 to his score.

10.30amMitcham ups him game. He launches into a back 3 1/2 somersault with a splashless entry to put 85.80 on the board. Sixth place for him.

10.28amZakharov steadies the ship with 86.40 on his second dive. He was a safe distance from the platform this time.

10.25amDaley nails his second dive. It was an inward 3 1/2 somersault, and it was the best one he's pulled off all competition. He moves into second with a 86.40!

10.24amGalperin of Russia scuffs his armstand dive, hitting the water like a banana. He picks up just 37.40.

10.22amBoudia has come on a lot from the preliminaries. An 86.40 return on his second dive.

10.20amAt the end of round one, Wolfram leads, Qui is in second and Garcia is in third. Daley is comfortable in ninth.

10.20amQiu wasn't about to mess up his opener to day. The world champion's inward 3 1/2 earns him 89.60. He's in second place behind Wolfram.

10.19amLin steps up and launches into an inward 3 1 1/2 somersault. He falters slightly on entry, but the rest was good. He picks up an 81.60 for joint-fifth place.

10.17amWolfram kicks off with an armstand dive and scores 91.80 for the high degree of difficulty. He shoots to the top.

10.15amSanchez starts with a back 3 1/2 somersault, and it's a good one! He earns 85.80. The Mexicans mean business.

10.15amGarcia of Mexico goes for a bold forward 4 1/2 to open. The dive's high degree of difficulty racks up a score of 88.80! He edges in front.

10.12amOlympic champion Mitcham performs a forward 3 1/2 somersault. A modest 75.00 start for the Australian.

10.10amZakharov of the Ukraine almost cracks his head on the platform during his inward 3 1/2 somersault. He is lucky to only come away with a score of 76.80, and not a serious injury as well.

10.08amMinibaev of Russia opens to a 81.60. The competition is going to be steep again from the looks of things.

10.05amA back 2 1/2 somersault 2 1/2 twists from him, and it was a step up from last night. He was slightly low entering the water, but the judges hand him 81.00. He's third at this early stage.

10.05amHere comes Daley!

10.03amGuerra of Cuba, yesterday's comeback king, performs a forward 3 1/2 somersault rated at 76.50.

10.00amDavid Boudia of the United States dives first. He starts with an armstand back double somersault 2 1/2 twists. A very confident start from him! He comes away with 88.20.

9.53amThe action is just under five minutes away. 18 competitors will performs six dives today and the top 12 will progress to the final.

9.51amQiu isn't the only threat out there today. His compatriot Lin Yue was in red hot form in the opening round, and looks good for a medal. German duo Sascha Klein and Martin Wolfram, and Mexican pair German Sanchez and Ivan Garcia Navarro are also expected to be thereabouts.

9.46amSadly Daley's teammate Peter Waterfield will not be joining us today. He could only manage a 23rd place finish in the preliminaries.

9.45amDaley later described that performance as "the worst I've dived all year" in a post-context interview with the BBC.

9.39amBritain's favourite diver will have to significantly improve on his performance in the preliminaries if he wants to be rubbing shoulders with China's Qiu Bo come the end of the day. You can read about how he performed in the previous round here.

9.39amGood morning and welcome to our live coverage of Tom Daley's 10m platform semi-final.


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