Great Britain's Daley, 19, scored 452.7 to finish seventh with Olympic champion David Boudia top of the rankings.
"It's been tough and painful but I got through by doing enough," Daley said.
The Devon teenager was concerned with his fitness before the event
and played down his medal hopes,
although coach Andy Banks always remained optimistic he will be fit enough to qualify for Sunday's final.
Daley admits fitness concerns
He looked in pain during the preliminaries but strapping in the semi-finals seemed to aid his performance.
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