Thomas Robert Daley (born 21 May 1994)[1] is a British diver. Tom Daley specialises in the 10-metre platform event and is a double World champion in the event; he won the 2009 FINA World Championship in the individual event at the age of 15, before regaining it in 2017. He was the 2012 Olympic bronze medalist in the event.

Daley also competes in synchronised and team events. In 2015, he partnered Rebecca Gallantree to the inaugural mixed team World title, while in 2016 he won a second Olympic bronze in the men's synchronised 10-metre platform, with Daniel Goodfellow. In 2017, he won World silver with Grace Reid in the mixed 3-metre springboard synchronised event.

He started diving at the age of seven and is a member of Plymouth Diving Club, where his talent was identified early, and has made an impact in national and international competitions from age 9. He represented Great Britain at the 2008 Summer Olympics where he was Britain's youngest competitor, age 14, and the youngest from any nation to participate in a final.[2] In 2009, Daley reached a career-best ranking of number one in the FINA World Diving Rankings for the 10m platform.[3]

He won two gold medals for England at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, in the 10m synchro diving (with Max Brick) and the 10m Individual Platform competition,[4] and won the bronze medal for Great Britain in the individual competition at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.[5]

After the 2012 Olympic Games and a summer of great sporting interest amongst the public in the UK, television network ITV approached Daley to have a role in their new celebrity diving reality TV show Splash!. Daley made his debut in the show's premiere on 5 January 2013 as a mentor to the celebrity competitors taking part.[6]

At the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, Daley and Daniel Goodfellow won a bronze medal in the synchronised 10m platform. Daley also set an Olympic record score in the individual 10m platform during the first qualification round, but struggled with entries in the semi-final and did not qualify to the final. (The record set by Daley was broken the following day by Chen Aisen)

  1. Tom Daley. Team GB. Retrieved on 5 January 2013.
  2. Beijing 2008 official site, Competition Information, Athletes and Teams. (22 August 2008). Archived from the original on 22 August 2008. Retrieved on 21 July 2012.
  3. Fina Diving World Ranking.
  4. "BBC Sport – Delhi 2010: Tom Daley and Max Brick win diving gold", BBC News, 12 October 2010. Retrieved on 8 December 2013. 
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  6. Sweney, Mark. "Tom Daley proves he's chairman of the board with solid debut for Splash!", The Guardian, 7 January 2013. Retrieved on 8 December 2013.