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Daley claims British title

Tom Daley lifted his first title of the season after claiming victory in the 10m Platform at the British Gas National Cup in Southend.

The 19-year-old was below his best in the preliminary round, although he managed to qualify in first place with a score of 416.65.

But the Olympic bronze medallist was in a class of his own in the final, scoring 471.45 to earn an emphatic victory over James Denny (405.75) and European junior silver medallist Matty Lee (400.55).

Daley saved his best dive for his last of the final, executing a brilliant reverse three-and-a-half somersault with tuck to receive 9.5s and score 96.9 as he won his first national title after settling for silver in 2010 and 2011.

"It's not a bad start to the season," said Daley, who has been working with new coach Jane Figueiredo after relocating to the London Aquatics Centre.

"I've been working on so many new things - a new programme, new strength and conditioning workout and everything is in the early phases at the moment.

"I'm breaking down my dives and working towards the bigger picture which is Commonwealth Games so I'll carry on with that in training now.

"The twister is my demon dive at the moment and it's the one I need the most work on. If it doesn't start to feel more comfortable, maybe I'll think about trying a different dive.

In the only other event on the final day, four-time British champion Rebecca Gallantree won gold in the 3m Springboard.