By Tom Degun

World Series_diving_in_Beijing_-_Tom_Daley_and_Peter_Waterfield_March_26March 25 - Divers Tom Daley and Peter Waterfield shook off recent criticism to display improving form heading into this summer's Olympic Games.

The British pair (pictured) claimed silver and bronze medals in the individual 10 metres platform at the World Series event in Beijing.

They achieved their podium success shortly after teaming up to claim silver in the 10m platform synchro event in the Chinese capital.

Daley and Waterfield had attracted brickbats when they finished seventh in the London 2012 test event at the Olympic Park Aquatics Centre last month – with Daley accused by Team GB diving coach Alexei Evangulov (pictured, below) of spending too much time on media commitments rather than training.

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However, the 17-year-old from Plymouth and his 31-year-old partner from Southampton hit back  in style to finish as runners-up in the synchro with an impressive score of 437.40 points, bested only by Chinese duo Yanquan Zhang and Yuan Cao who claimed victory with 480.18 points.

Germany's Patrick Hausding and Sascha Klein took bronze with 431.64 points.

For Daley and Waterfield, it was their best international score since bagging gold in the World Series meet in Sheffield last year, and the success bodes well for the pair that will team up at the Olympic Games.

"So pleased with our score and silver medal," tweeted Daley after the event.

"Seventh place score here, would've got bronze in Dubai last week."

Daley built on his fine pairs performance in Beijing to secure silver in the individual 10m platform, the event in which he won World Championship gold in 2009.

He netted 541.15 points to finish behind Qui Bo of China who took the overall spoils with 566.50 points.

Waterfield also continued his impressive form in the event to overhaul Nick McCrory of the United States and finish third with 531.80 points, adding to the welcome bronze he earned in the individual 10m platform at the London 2012 test event.

The World Series event marked a happy return to Beijing for Daley, who competed in the Chinese capital at the 2008 Olympic Games but finished a disappointing seventh in the individual 10m platform event and eighth in the 10m platform synchro competition.

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