Diving Daley Bronzes Up for Team GB

18 year-old Tom Daley Dives for his Life at the London 2012 Olympics.

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Tom Daley hopes that his incredible performance in winning an Olympic diving bronze medal in London will inspire British youngsters to take up the sport.

Plymouth’s Daley wants Team GB to have the pick of the best young diving talent in the country by the time he goes in search of gold at Rio 2016.

Daley dived to a brilliant standard in the diving finals after a rather mediocre start – but then the 18 year old had only just lost his dad to cancer not so many months ago and he’d been off his game ever since.

Charismatic Tom picked up Britain’s seventh medal ever in Olympic diving at the Aquatics Centre, diving so well and finishing with a score of 556.95 points.

The crowd thought he was on a sticky wicket with his first finals dive that went horribly wrong – but Daley was professional enough to take a complaint to the referee that flash photography had put him off.

The referee decided that Tom should retake the dive – and oh! my! What a beauty.  It put him right back in the close race and he dived to almost perfection from then to his final dive

American David Boudia claimed the gold, with red hot favourite Qiu Bo, China’s world champion in tears, having to settle for silver.

Daley was roared on by a passionate crowd of 17,500, with millions more watching on television.

When the final score showed that Tom was a medallist, he and his amazing team took to the pool to celebate.

Tom hopes his performance will have a lasting impact.  I’m sure it will Tom – and the nation can’t wait for Rio de Janeiro 2016.


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  1. Posted August 12, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Good article. Thank you for the great review.

  2. Posted August 12, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Awesome and inspirational! Congrats to him and GB!

  3. Posted August 12, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    It was an exciting competition. Congrats all around. :-)

  4. Posted August 12, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Well written. Thank you.

  5. Posted August 13, 2012 at 6:25 am

    Wonderful article nice pics and wellwritten information gived to readers in the best suitable way!
    Keep your walking!

  6. Posted August 16, 2012 at 5:09 am

    i watched every breathtaking second of this competition and this man deserved the silver! His calm, professional, yet joyful performance under fire – and against such odds as losing his beloved father – was inspirational at least – heroic at best! i cried..

  7. Posted August 17, 2012 at 11:18 am

    diving is my next favourite after gymnastics

  8. Posted August 19, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Brilliant once more ;I love these tributes of yours and will have a look now to see if you have anymore.
    Take care

  9. Posted September 14, 2012 at 4:14 am

    I, believe it or not, did not have a chance to watch the Olympcs but I looked on yahoo! all day and updated my mom who won how many medals.

  10. Posted October 11, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    well shared

  11. Posted October 21, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Nice post and thank you for share

  12. Posted October 21, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Happy for this young man!

  13. Posted November 25, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Nice to she you on triond today, Hope you have another great holiday soon and feel less stressed, God Bless xo

  14. Posted November 29, 2012 at 2:08 am

    Thanks for sharing this interesting topic

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