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Tom Daley qualifies for 2020 Olympics with new diving partner

Tom Daley qualifies for 2020 Olympics with new diving partner

Tom Daley (left) and his partner, Matty Lee | Picture: Instagram (@tomdaley)

Tom Daley has officially scored a place in the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, the swimmer announced on his Instagram on Monday (15 July).

The 25-year-old and his new diving partner, Matty Lee, collected their bronze medals for the 10-meter platform synchronized diving final of the World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea.

This will be the Adidas ambassador’s fourth Olympic Games performance following his stints in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio De Janeiro 2016.

What happened?

‘We did it!’ Daley wrote on his Instagram in an all-caps message. ‘World champs medal and Olympic qualification for GB [Great Britain].’

Daley and Lee only teamed-up together last year, but it’s safe to say they smashed all expectations.

‘It was terrifying knowing a medal would mean an Olympic place,’ Daley told BBC Sport.

Lee added: ‘I honestly can’t explain how happy I am right now.’


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The pair’s medal was the second of the World Championships for Team GB. Following the three meter synchronized silver secured by Jack Laugher and Dan Goodfellow on Saturday.

It is the sixth World Championships medal of Daley’s career and comes 10 years after winning individual gold on his debut at Rome 2009.

He has come leaps and bounds since. Having scored gold in London 2012 and Bronze in Rio.

Daley partnered with Lee at the end of 2018. This came after swapping his previous partner, Dan Goodfellow.

But Goodfellow has also earned his 2020 Olympic spot in the three meter platform event.

While Lee has a gold-filled history, too. He won gold medal in the 10-meter platform at the 2015 European Games as well as the mixed 10-meter synchronized platform at the 2017 European Diving Championships.

Daley, Lee, and Goodfellow will join team GB in the games in Tokyo, which will be taking place between July 24 and August 9 2020.

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