RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 19:  Domonic Bedggood of Australia competes during the Diving Men's 10m Platform Preliminary on Day 14 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre on August 19, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 19: Domonic Bedggood of Australia competes during the Diving Men's 10m Platform Preliminary on Day 14 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre on August 19, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images) Clive Rose

Diver Domonic flat after 10m platform final flop

Not even making the 10m platform final in his Games debut could cheer up Queensland diver Domonic Bedggood.

He had his reasons.

First, his good mate, gold medal favourite Tom Daley, sensationally failed to qualify for the final.

Then Bedggood was rattled by the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre's outdoor setting during the night 10m final and finished last in the 12-strong field.

"I wanted to feel like I deserved to be out there but with that poor a performance I didn't really so it is what it is," a devastated Bedggood said. "I don't like to make excuses but as an indoor diver I'm not used to the outdoor setting.

"But Tom Daley didn't even make it to the final so that is sport for you."

In Daley's shock absence, Chen Aisen dominated to claim China's first 10m gold since 2004. Overall, China won seven of the eight diving gold on offer in Rio.

Daley finished last in the 18-strong semi-final field.

The former world champion dominated the preliminary round, notching a personal-best 571.85 points from six flawless dives - a score that would have comfortably won London Olympic gold.

"I'll be honest, I am a bit heartbroken for him," Bedggood said . "He's a close friend so I am pretty upset."

An emotional Daley, 22, admitted he had no idea what had gone wrong.

"After four years of effort, it's tough to accept," Daley said.

But he vowed to bounce back at Tokyo 2020.

"I know I can win that gold medal," he said.

Bedggood, 21, has his own soul searching to do.

"You know I'm just trying to take this as experience and use it as fuel to the fire for the next four years," he said.

"I know I've got more to give."


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