Trim Tom lost stone to gain gong

12 August 2012 / 17:00

Tom Daley has revealed he lost over a stone in weight in the lead-up to the London Olympics.

Daley claimed a bronze medal on Saturday night in emotional scenes following one of the most dramatic Olympic 10-metre platform finals in history.

The 18-year-old celebrated by immediately jumping into the diving pool with his team-mates and coaches, including British Diving performance director Alexei Evangulov who delivered his weight warning in December.

In the wake of his medal success, Daley revealed Evangulov's warning to ignore the sweets may have booked his place on the podium on Saturday night.

"At the beginning of the year Alexei wanted me to lose a lot of weight," he said.

"Since December I've lost seven-and-a-half kilos (1.2 stone) in total, which is quite a lot of weight. I've slimmed down quite a bit after Alexei's recommendation that I was getting a bit sluggish.

"I lost the weight in time for the World Series and dived well there so Alexei's point was proven."

Daley revealed a sweet tooth for ice cream had been at the root of his problems.

"I love ice cream generally although I don't like strawberry. I'm a classic vanilla or chocolate man," he said.

"I used to have one every weekend and then I cut it out and said I'd only have one after each competition.

"It got to a stage where I need to cut out the sweets, cut out the not-so-good stuff.

"I had to have healthy balanced meals, which I was anyway, but just cut out the snacks in between and cut down on portion sizes so that I got to my fighting weight.

"It's worked out for me so I'm glad I did it."

Daley revealed he had rewarded himself with an ice cream when he returned to the Athletes' Village on Saturday night though.

"I got back at around 1.30 in the morning and I went and got an ice cream from the food hall straight away," he said.

"It was quite nice. It was chocolate."

Daley is now set to take a fortnight off and will on Thursday get results for his Spanish A levels.