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Waterfield Secures Olympic Spot

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Southampton Diver Peter Waterfield has secured his place at the summer's Olympic Games in Bejing by finishing eighth in the 10m Platform at the FINA World Cup.

Waterfield needed to finish in the top 12 in the World Cup event following his 10th place finish at the 2007 World Championships in Melbourne.  In the morning's Semi-Final he was the pick of the British divers qualifying 4th out of 18.  All eyes were on 13-year old Tom Daley (Plymouth Diving) who was looking to become Britan's youngest ever Olympic Diver but Waterfield kept the pressure on throughout the competition to finish in eight place.

The result was a highlight of a successful FINA World Cup for the British Team which has seen Britain qualify for every diving event at the Olympic Games in August.

"There was a feeling and an aura about this team when we first came together a month ago in Leeds," said National Performance Director Steve Foley. "You could sense it and people commented on it. There’s an inner confidence and belief, and it's carried them through what could be the toughest competition of their careers.

"This is certainly the most successful World Cup ever for British Diving. In fact it could be viewed as our greatest result at any international competition. It certainly ranks up there with 2004 and the Olympics."

"We've managed to qualify all four of our synchro teams and we’ll compete in every individual event as well - only China, as host nation, Germany, Australia, Russia and the U.S. have achieved that so it shows we’re up there in the top echelon of world diving."

The attention of the County's divers will now turn to the Olympic Trials being held in Manchester on 28th and 29th June where they will hope to qualify for the remaining places in the British team for Beijing.

Posted on 26 Feb 2008 at 13:04 by Hampshire County ASA.