The dive that sank our Olympic hopes is usually our best
21:12 GMT, 30 July 2012
On the fourth dive, I kicked up a little bit too high and over-rotated and when you do that, you can never bring it back. If I’d kicked too early, then I could have fixed it by arching round.
Tom was a little bit short and I was over, and that’s why the synchro marks were quite low as well.
It’s annoying because that’s normally our best dive. The one we’ve missed before in competitions is the front four-and-a-half, but that was really good.
So near yet so far: Waterfield (right) and Daley missed out on a medal
Unfortunately, the judges didn’t give us enough to pull us back up.
This is my fourth Olympic Games and that crowd is the biggest I’ve dived in front of. Without them we might have missed other dives because they spurred us on in the last two rounds.
It felt right but if you miss one dive in this field, you’re out.
We still thought it was possible to get bronze on the final dive, when 101 points were required.
I felt my dive was pretty good, I didn’t know how Tom’s was, but it didn’t look too bad. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a dive worth 101.
We did it at the World Series in Sheffield last April when we made our front four-and-a-half to beat the Chinese.
Fine margins: The British pair were leading early on in the final
We always say silver is like gold because the Chinese are so good. But the Mexicans had the highest degree of difficulty and I’ve never seen them dive like that. It was their day – they’ve done really well, and so did the Americans.
My preparation has been brilliant, I’ve been injury-free. That’s what makes it so annoying. Maybe this loss has given me extra motivation to come back for the individual event and do what I did at the test event in February when I won bronze.
We’ll go back to our holding camp in Southend and train and work hard then come back refreshed for the individual event a week on Saturday.
Hopefully, both Tom and I can be on the rostrum.