Diving: Tom Daley claims gold and silver at World Championships

Tom Daley celebrates winning the gold medal after the podium ceremony for the Men's 10m plaform final at the 2017 FINA World Championships.
Tom Daley celebrates winning the gold medal after the podium ceremony for the Men's 10m plaform final at the 2017 FINA World Championships. PHOTO: AFP

BUDAPEST (AFP) - Tom Daley saw off Olympic champion Chen Aisen of China to add the 10m platform gold to the silver he had won just hours earlier on Saturday at the world aquatic championships.

Having earned a silver with partner Grace Reid in the afternoon's 3m synchro springboard final, Britain's Daley went one better in the 10m platform to win a third world championships gold in his career.

Having led from the start, he kept his nerve in the final round, producing a brilliant dive, a back 3 1/2 somersault pike, under pressure to secure the gold.

His score matched Chen's tally of a near-perfect 106.20 points for the round after the Chinese had thrown down the gauntlet with a fantastic dive.

Daley's winning tally was 590.95pts from Chen, who took silver with 585.25pts, while China's Yang Jian won bronze with 565.15pts.

It is the second time the 23-year-old Daley has won the 10m platform world title, having also struck gold at the 2009 championships in Rome as a 15-year-old.

Daley also won gold in the team event at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan.

Having announced himself on the world stage by competing as a 13-year-old at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Daley has built up a cult following.

Every dive at Budapest's Duna Arena was greeted with a roar in each round from the crowd, which was repeated when his score was flashed up confirming his first place.