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Tom Daley has been left clinging to his silver lining

By Matt McGeehan

A near-perfect last dive earned England's Tom Daley and James Denny Commonwealth Games silver – missing out on gold by an agonisingly small margin – after just a week's preparation last night.

As there were only four pairs in men's synchronised 10-metres platform, just two medals were awarded at Edinburgh's Royal Commonwealth Pool and the English duo, a new partnership, had looked out of contention entering the sixth dive.

Daley and Denny had just seven days of training together after deciding to enter last Friday and the 20-year-old duo finished with a forward 4 1/2 somersault which scored 95.46 to record a total of 399.36.

Australia's Matthew Mitcham and Domonic Bedggood held their nerve to win by 0.18 with a total of 399.54.

Daley said: "It was one of those last-minute decisions that we made to do it.

"We managed to do it and we're pretty happy with the way that we performed. It's agonisingly close and we know that, but it's one of those things.

"We're a new pair. We've only ever done three training sessions together. Friday, Monday and today, before competition.

"That was the fifth repetition of each of our dives that we've done and that was in competition.

"We're pretty happy with the way that we dived. If we'd been told that we would get a silver medal and do the dive that we did at the end, we'd have been like 'yeah, okay, whatever'.

"The last dive I was surprised at because you never know what's going to happen under pressure. We managed to pull it out when it counted."

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