Doha 2024: Tom Daley eyes fifth Olympics after silver with Noah Williams

Credit to: Istvan Derencsenyi/World Aquatics

Tom Daley is on course for his fifth Games as history was made and Olympic quotas secured by European athletes at the World Championships in Doha.

Daley and partner Noah Williams claimed silver in the Men’s Synchronised 10m Platform to book a quota spot at Paris 2024 for Great Britain.

They were second throughout and finished with 406.47 points in their first international outing as a pair, Daley adding silver to gold in the Mixed Team event.

Kirill Boliukh and Oleksii Sereda of Ukraine came from 10th after the opening round to move into third on their penultimate dive, where they stayed to claim bronze with 406.47pts.

Credit to: Istvan Derencsenyi/World Aquatics

Daley competed at his first Olympics aged 14 at Beijing 2008 and has won four medals, including gold in the Synchronised 10m Platform at Tokyo 2020.

Despite having claimed Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth titles, the 29-year-old experienced intense pre-competition nerves.

He said: “I was terrified when I woke up this morning, terrified eating breakfast, and at lunch!

“But once I got into the competition, and being with Noah, I kind of relaxed and was like, ‘ah, this is what it feels like’.

“We knew that we had to try to qualify a spot for the Olympics, which we succeeded in – but I think we went into it more fighting for the medals rather than thinking about the spots.

“We’re super happy, and it’s my first ever silver medal at a World Championships, so I’ve got the set now.”

It was a second World Championship medal for Williams, two years after silver in the same event alongside Matty Lee at Budapest 2022.

He said: “We obviously haven’t trained too much together, but I think it has come pretty naturally to both of us.

“Tom said about seeing if he’s fit enough to dive with me, it’s definitely the other way around!

“I just try to do my best next to him, he’s obviously a great diver, so the better I dive, we’ll hopefully be able to be pushing for gold.”

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Twin sisters Noortje and Bregje de Brouwer claimed the first World Championship medal in artistic swimming for the Netherlands with silver in the Women’s Duet Free.

The pair scored 250.4979 points to finish just 0.2750pts behind the winning duo from China.

With silver on Thursday and fourth in the Duet Technical, the De Brouwer siblings have all but qualified for the Olympic Games although that will be rubber-stamped following the Team competition on Friday.

Bregje de Brouwer said: “It definitely is the best day of our sporting career… it’s a super special moment. What comes next? The Olympic Games, of course!

“We will be there and you never know what’s going to happen. We have to do a lot of hard work until then and prepare our routines as well as possible.”

Kate Shortman and Izzy Thorpe added bronze to silver in the Duet Technical with 247.2626pts.

Their combined scores across the technical and free events ensured the British pair were the top-ranked eligible duet in the race for Paris 2024 qualification, subject to ratification following the final team event.

Italy and Hungary won silver and bronze respectively in the mixed 4×1500 relay as the open water programme wrapped up at Old Doha Port.

With Domenico Acerenza on the final leg, Italy led Australia going into the final shoot before Kyle Lee made his move on the inside and got his hand to the board in 1:03:28.0.

Italy were just 0.2secs behind in 1:03:28.2 while 10k champion Kristof Rasovszky came past Arne Schubert of Germany to claim third in 1:04:06.8.

It was a decisive day in the women’s water polo with the group winners going direct to the quarter-finals and the runners-up to the second round.

Hungary topped Group C with a 13-9 victory over Australia with Italy securing top spot in Group D thanks to a 12-8 win against Canada.

Spain finished atop Group B with a 14-7 victory over France, who finished fourth, with Greece claiming second after beating China 22-9.

Netherlands secured second place in Group A with a 27-5 defeat of Brazil.