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27.08.2019 13:56
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Tearful Tom Daley was at a loss to explain how his bid for Olympic gold in Rio unravelled so spectacularly after failing to qualify for the final of the 10 metres platform event.The 22-year-old from Plymouth looked well placed to improve on his London 2012 bronze after placing first in Fridays preliminary round.But he endured a poor first three rounds of the semifinal at Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre and his inability to recover in the remaining three meant he suffered the ignominy of finishing last of the 18 competitors, with the top 12 making it through.Today I dont really know what went wrong. Ive no idea, Daley said.Ive been feeling so good. Trainings been going really well, Im in the shape of my life, moving better than Ive ever moved before and last night showed that.I was fighting until the end. Every single dive, if I missed a dive, Id move on to the next one.I was constantly trying to fight to be up there, improve my place and fight to try to qualify for the final.When it came to the last dive and I needed 9.5s and 10s to qualify, I know I can do that.I gave it my everything and tried my absolute best. Its just heartbreaking to think that four years of hard work and effort... its tough to accept.Daley had boldly claimed he would be satisfied with nothing less than gold from his individual event.And despite his serene qualification, featuring six near-flawless dives and a total score of 571.85 points, he floundered in the semi-final.Diving last of the 18 competitors, Daley had to make the top 12 to qualify for Saturday evenings final.Daley scored 34 points less on his firework dive -- a forward three and a half somersaults one twist with pike - than he did a day previously, with his second dive.And he was 15th entering the final round on 352.85 points, a deficit of almost 20 points to 12th place.Daley needed to score better than 101.00 to go through but finished with only a score of 50.40 and a total of 403.25.United States David Boudia, the London 2012 gold medallist, was 13th entering the final round, but squeezed through in 10th place.Chinas Chen Aisen led the way with 559.90 and Qiu Bo was second with 504.70. It meant China were on course for a seventh gold of the diving competition.China had won six of the seven completed events at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre so far this week, with Jack Laugher and Chris Mears win in the synchronised 3m springboard event the exception. Laugher also won silver in the individual event.Daley insisted he would continue on until Tokyo.To think that Team GB diving has already got three medals from this Games is just incredible, he added.It definitely gives you a massive kick in motivation to want to stand on top of the podium in 2020.Nate Schmidt Golden Knights Jersey . With their top three point guards and Kobe Bryant all sidelined by injury, the Lakers signed Marshall out of the D-League on Friday before their home game against Minnesota. Nate Schmidt Jersey . Wall made the comment in a speech to a Regina business crowd that included Lesnar. The U.S. wrestler and retired mixed martial artist says he was visiting his brothers farm in Saskatchewan and decided he wanted to hear what the premier had to say. . Each of Houstons starters scored in double figures as the Rockets improved to 2-0 against the Spurs this season, with both victories coming on the road. They also moved within 3 1/2 games of San Antonio (22-7) for the lead the Southwest Division. Jon Merrill Golden Knights Jersey . Brad Jacobs and his Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., team took control of the game early. William Carrier Jersey . But by the time the game started, the Toronto Raptors forward felt even worse. And, for three quarters, it showed as Gay shot a woeful three-for-13 from the field.INDIANAPOLIS -- When I was younger, like a lot of folks, I spoke out on anything I had a strong opinion about -- even when it would have been best to just keep my mouth shut.As I got older, I became more diplomatic. More thoughtful. More calculating. There are times when the best thing to say really is nothing. Not everything is worth arguing over.Also because you realize no matter what you say, the vast majority of your fellow humans arent listening and dont care anyway. I dont mean to sound defeatist. Its just that I think with age comes a kind of resignation that, to a degree, were all shouting into the wind.But you know what? Even if thats all Im doing -- shouting into the endless, howling hurricane that is the Internet -- I support the WNBA players who kneeled during the national anthem at Wednesdays Indiana-Phoenix game. And?all the leagues players who are speaking out and peacefully protesting the mistreatment of black citizens in this country. Like other athletes who are doing this, they hope to spark not just dialogue, but substantive changes that are necessary.WNBA players are among the best-educated and most worldly professional athletes I have encountered. Most of them have spent a lot of time playing overseas, and they care very deeply about many issues. The Black Lives Matter movement and the overall topic of racial injustice is not some kind of fad, or a chance to show off as some ridiculously accuse.Ive covered the WNBA since its inception in 1997, and womens basketball since I was a college freshman in 1984. Ive spent most of my adult life writing about female athletes, and a large percentage of those women have been black.There have been times when Ive questioned if I was always the right person to do some stories Ive done. Not because I didnt care enough or wasnt invested enough. But because I wondered if my life experience was such that I might not have been the person that black women related to well enough to fully share their lives.I grew up in a very small town in Missouri, and went to a high school of about 800 total students, probably 98 percent of them white. Heck, it might have been 99 percent. I went to Mizzou in the 1980s, where it was not uncommon to have entire classrooms of white students every day. I dont recall working with any black journalists at the student newspaper.The black students I knew mostly were athletes. I admired them, and I really liked talking with them. But I wasnt sure how well I was truly getting to know them. I wondered, Do they trust me? Do they think Im fair to them? Do they think I understand them?All these years later, I sometimes still assk myself those questions.dddddddddddd But Im so grateful and thankful that Ive been able to tell their stories of winning and losing, of peaks and valleys, of great joy and, unfortunately, some deep sorrows.Heres the bottom line: There would not be a WNBA -- and I wouldnt have this career -- if it were not for the toil, the strength, the ability and the courage of black women. So what they care about, I care about. What they worry about is a concern to me. When they speak, I listen. Its my job, but its also at the very core of why I wanted to do the job in the first place.Yes, were all human beings, and to an extent share the same experiences. But race continues to be a factor in how many people are treated, how they live and how they feel they are perceived.I dont pretend I can know exactly what its like to walk in anothers footsteps, but I can empathize. Such as when a player like Phoenixs Kelsey Bone, who kneeled Wednesday, said that she worries about her father, her brothers, her uncles, her cousins, her friends.What happens if I get a phone call? she said. If one of them is next?Many WNBA players have had these concerns all their lives, and they have reached a point where they cant stay silent. Or as Phoenixs Mistie Bass, who also kneeled Wednesday, put it, My heart was just too heavy to stand today. I did this to say, Enough is enough. I think people are starting to see athletes coming together of all races.Even if the WNBAs platform isnt nearly as big as, say, an NFL platform, the fact that you see a team do like Indiana did -- kneel all at once -- thats powerful.Bass was not critical of those of her teammates who did not kneel. She spoke passionately about her support for law enforcement, and that this is not an attack on police, or the military, or the flag, or patriotism.I understand what shes saying, and it totally makes sense to me. But on topics like this, emotions run incredibly high, to say the least. There will be those who condemn the WNBA players for their actions, or mock them by saying nobody cares about the league, or both.Im not going to change those minds, or even dent them. Thats not the point.But just as you figure out when its best to stay quiet, you also figure out when it really matters to say something. 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