Australia's Domonic Bedggood just missed out on a place in the men's 10m platform final at the world swimming championships in Hungary.
Australia's Domonic Bedggood just missed out on a place in the men's 10m platform final at the world swimming championships in Hungary. DEAN LEWINS

Aussie diver falls short at world championships

DIVING: Gold Coast diver Domonic Bedggood will set his sights on the Commonwealth Games after missing the final in his pet 10m platform event at the world championships in Budapest.

Bedggood, a gold medallist in the 10m synchronised event at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games with Matthew Mitcham in 2014, narrowly missed the individual final in Budapest at the weekend.

Bedggood finished in 13th place after the semi-finals, with the top 12 progressing to the decider.

The 22-year-old was sitting in seventh place after his opening dive, an armstand back double somersault with two-and-a-half twists.

But he fell back to 14th after his second effort - an inward three-and-a-half somersault -scored just 59.2 points overall.

While he fought back to 12th after his fourth effort, he was unable to hold the position and fell agonisingly short of a finals place.

But with only a pair of Brits in eventual gold medallist Tom Daley and Matthew Lee in front of him, Bedggood is a strong chance of a medal in his home Games next April.

 

Domonic Bedggood and Declan Stacey on their way to an eighth-place finish in the men's 10m synchro platform event in Hungary.
Domonic Bedggood and Declan Stacey on their way to an eighth-place finish in the men's 10m synchro platform event in Hungary. Zoltan Mathe

The former gymnast, who turned to diving after breaking his back in a gymnastics accident in 2011, has continued his rise in the sport and shapes as the country's leading platform diver leading into the Tokyo Olympics.

But performing at his home Games next April will be high on Bedggood's agenda.

Already, he has formed a great combination with veteran Melissa Wu, although the pair could not replicate their medal-winning effort at the Kazan world championships two years ago, finishing seventh in the mixed synchro platform event in Budapest.

And in a great boost for Australian diving, Declan Stacey, who only made the transition from gymnastics to diving a year ago, finished eighth in the men's synchro platform final with Bedggood and also made the individual semi-final, finishing 18th overall.



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