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THOMAS DALEY DELIVERS WITH BRONZE AT THE WORLD CUP!
After years of speculation and maybe’s, thirteen year old, prodigious diving talent Thomas Daley has delivered at the very first time of asking, proving that it’s more than hype, with an astonishing bronze medal in the FINA World Diving Cup and in doing so, became the youngest male diver in history to win a World medal.
In the highest quality and largest diving event ever assembled, you could have expected the pressure and magnitude of the occasion to have gotten the better of someone, who is let’s face it, still a child! But Thomas Daley demonstrated just why he is the talk of World Diving and the British press at the moment with a stunning performance in the Mens Synchronised Platform event. Diving with 25 year old partner Blake Aldridge from Southampton, himself a former World Junior Champion, Thomas’s performance in the preliminary round in the morning, hinted there maybe some nerves. The pair qualified for the final in 9th place, some 50 points from their best score. However there were no signs of nerves in the final and in the face of World & Olympic medallists, Thomas and Blake put in their most amazing performance to date to clinch a bronze medal in a new British Record score.
Although he qualified for the Commonwealth Games in 2006 and the World Championships in 2007, this was the first time Thomas was old enough to compete and despite the weight of expectation and the lenses of the World’s Press focussed on him, he did not buckle, in fact he rose to the challenge and the occasion and wrote himself into the history books.
Although he still has to qualify for the Olympics at British Diving’s Olympic Trial in June – you wouldn’t bet against him becoming Britain’s youngest ever male Olympian in August.