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Tom Daley made history by becoming the first-ever British diver to win four Olympic medals as he won bronze in the men’s 10 metre platform at Tokyo 2020, in what could be his last-ever Games. The Plymouth-born star, who has yet to confirm whether this will be the end of his incredible Olympic story, was looking strong and in with a shout of gold after three dives before a low score of 80.50 saw him surrender the lead to Chinese duo Jian Yang and Yuan Cao.
Daley was bidding to build on last week’s gold in the men’s synchronised 10m with Matty Lee and this was still a performance to be proud of.
After “making a gourmet dog’s dinner” of the semi-final, the Brit couldn’t have got off to a better start in this morning’s final.
He put 98.6 on the board, executing his reverse three-and-a-half somersaults to near perfection.
Next up for the 27-year-old was the inward three-and-a-half somersaults, said to be his easiest dive of the six as he scored 91.2.
Yang and Cao were hot in pursuit of Daley, who had built up a five-point lead after two dives.
Tom Daley was in the lead after three rounds of diving (Image: BBC)
Next up was the three-and-a-half somersaults one twist or as Daley calls it, “The Firework”.
A tricky and technical dive but once again, Daley delivered with a score of 91.80 to continue building his lead at the top.
The door was then left wide open following Daley’s fourth dive: Armstand back three somersaults.
A small volcano-like splash soured his delivery, which saw him score 80.50.
Jian Yang and Cao Yuan then capitalised as they moved ahead of Daley, who dropped down to third wit two rounds of diving to go.
Yuan scored an impressive 97.20 with his armstand back two somersaults, two-and-a-half twists to move to the summit.
When the pressure was on, Daley attempted to turn the screw though and fought back, scoring 94.35 with his forward four-and-a-half somersaults.
Daley’s hopes of gold suffered a major dent after though, as Yang’s put 102.6 on the board with his back three-and-a-half somersaults.
His compatriot Cao almost matched the feat, with 101.75 following his forward four-and-a-half somersaults.
Daley ensured he was guaranteed at least a bronze in his sixth and final dive, registering 91.80 with his three-and-a-half somersaults.
Tom Daley was ahead after three rounds of diving but still won bronze for Team GB (Image: GETTY)
Yang then propelled himself into first place, putting the pressure on Cao with dive of the afternoon, receiving a stunning 112.75 for his forward four-and-a-half somersaults.
Cao was left with no other option but to roll the dice, attempting the back two-and-a-half somersaults, two-and-a-half twists for gold.
He delivered, earning 102.60 to secure gold for China and Yang took the silver in what was a truly astonishing final of the highest quality.
BBC commentator Chris Wear speculated ‘Who knows if we’ll see him again!’ as Daley’s fans sweat on his Olympic future.
Tom Daley won bronze but this could have been his last Olympic Games (Image: BBC)
After problems with his knee, Daley was over the moon to win another medal given he didn’t know whether he’d be able to participate at the Games earlier this year.
“Honestly I am so happy this Olympics has gone the way it has,” he told the BBC.
“I feel like a different athlete and have gone through so many things over the years to get here.
“Back at the end of May I didn’t even know if I was going to make it to these Olympics.
“I was told to have knee surgery and I didn’t know if I would be fit enough to get back up and do diving at the Olympics.
Tom Daley was delighted with how his Olympics panned out after his knee troubles (Image: BBC)
“If somebody told me I was going to win a gold and a bronze, I probably would have laughed in their face.
“I owe this to so many people, my coach, my physio and support staff and also Lance, Robbie and all of my friends watching back home.
“Although I’m standing on the podium, there’s so many people behind the medals that you don’t see.”
When quizzed on his future, Daley made it clear he intends to take some time away from the sport to relax and recover.
He added: “Definitely going to have a bit of a break, a couple of margaritas and have a bit of a chill out.
“I’m going to take a bit of a break from diving, I feel like 2018 was my down year and now I’m on my way back up.
“I’m feeling good, my body is feeling good so we will see.”