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Daley 'over the moon' at diving medal

August 12, 2012 07:02 am

Teenage diving sensation Tom Daley said he was "over the moon" at winning a bronze medal in the 10-metre platform final but said he wished his father had lived to see the moment.

Rob Daley died of brain cancer last year, and Daley said it was "tough" without him. But the 18-year-old added that a bronze medal was as good as a gold as far as he was concerned.

He said: "It's really tough not having him here, but I'm so happy with the fact that all the hard work that we put in together, all the effort that we put into training, all the ups and downs - I know that if he was here he'd be very proud, and I wish he was here to be honest, but I know he's not, and to make up for it all my family and friends are here."

Daley looked elated as the final results were shown, jumping in the pool with the rest of his team and hugging those around him while the crowd roared their appreciation.

They had shown they were crazy for Daley each time he took his turn. The noise from supporters in the 17,500-capacity Aquatics Centre as they screamed, clapped and cheered whenever he appeared on the platform seemed likely to raise the wave-shaped roof.

But as he stood poised on the edge ready to take each dive the audience waited with bated breath and you could almost hear a pin drop. As his scores were displayed on the board they waved Union Flags and chanted "Team GB".

Daley, who became the youngest ever male Olympian from Great Britain when he competed in the Beijing Games aged 14, said he felt "so happy right now".

He went on: "Because of all the hard work that I've put in over the 18 months, after losing my dad, all the tough times, and it was about time that my family had some good news, and today was the day that I've got something to show for all the hard work and all the effort I've put in. Although it's a bronze medal, for me it's a gold medal."

Daley, who had to contend with abusive messages on Twitter after last week's event, also thanked the public for getting behind him.

He said: "The support from the British public has just been incredible. Now I'm really glad that I've got something to show for all the hard work and Britain's got an Olympic diving medal."

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