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Tom Daley reaches 10m platform World final despite injury

Daley reaches World final. (©GettyImages)
Daley reaches World final. (©GettyImages).

Tom Daley booked his place in the final of the 10m individual platform at the World Championships in Barcelona, despite suffering from an upper-arm injury.

The Plymouth-based diver, who claimed bronze at the Olympics, finished seventh with a score of 452.7 in the semi-finals, booking his place in tomorrow's showpiece event along with David Boudia, who finished top of the rankings and won gold in London 12 months ago.

Daley is competing just three months after tearing his tricep, and after struggling in the warm-ups and preliminaries, appeared in much better shape with strapping in the problem area.

The injury is still causing him problems, but after work with his medical team, the 19-year-old has managed to get to the business end of the competition.

"It's been tough and painful but I got through by doing enough," said Daley after qualifying.

"I woke up with sore triceps and it is just the worst thing that can happen ahead of a competition because there is so much force that goes through them.

"I've had to work with the medical team after each round in the prelim. They were putting me back together, raising my arm above my head, compressing it, to reduce the swelling."

Daley is a long-shot for a medal at this event given the timing of his injury, but the teenager plans to give it his best shot and see what happens.

"It's hard to get better when I'm diving on it," he added.

"With this triceps injury and the preparations I've had pretty much all year, it's going to be one of those competitions where I just go into it and give it my best shot."

Also diving in the competition was Daniel Goodfellow, a 16-year-old Brit who is tipped to become Daley's partner following the retirement of Peter Waterfield. The youngster finished 28th in his major international debut.

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