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Daley unlikely to defend Commonwealth gold

ESPN staff
April 24, 2014
Tom Daley will be competing in the World Series event this weekend © Getty Images

Tom Daley is unlikely to defend his Commonwealth gold medal in Glasgow in the summer after admitting he has struggled to find a diving partner.

The 19-year-old won the 10 metres synchronised diving title in Delhi four years ago alongside Max Brick and finished fourth at the London 2012 Olympics with Peter Waterfield.

Both of Daley's previous partners have now retired and with the Commonwealth Games beginning in July the Briton says he is likely to focus on the individual events having failed to land a partner for the synchronised event.

"It's tough to find someone who does the same hard dives I do," Daley told BBC Sport. "Leading into [Rio] 2016, [my coach] Jane (Figueiredo) lives by the impression that there's no point wasting energy on something that isn't going to get an Olympic medal.

"So if it's going to be fighting for sixth or seventh place [in synchro diving], I'd rather not focus on that and (instead) try to get a gold medal individually."

Daley is due to participate in the individual 10m event at the World Series this weekend being held at the London Aquatics Centre, the venue where he won an Olympic bronze in 2012. "It's the first time the whole team has been back here and it's going to be pretty special," he said.

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