Tom Daley secures spot for Paris Olympics

A silver medal at the World Championships puts the champion diver on track to compete at Paris 2024.

Tom Daley secures spot for Paris Olympics

Tom Daley has won a silver medal at the recent World Championships in Doha and is on track to compete in his fifth Olympic Games.

Daley and his diving partner, Noah Williams, won silver in the Men’s Synchronised 10m Platform. That result secures them a quota spot at Paris 2024 for Great Britain.

Taking to Instagram to celebrate the achievement, Daley took the opportunity to explain how the qualification process for the Olympics works.

In summary, Daley and Williams needed a Top 3 finish at the World Championships in order to secure their qualification. They were competing against 20 other diving teams all vying for qualification. Everything rested on this one event, and the six dives that they would be scored on.

In a consistent performance, Daley and Williams pretty much held second position throughout the event. It was confident diving. China’s Lian Junjie and Yang Hao took gold, while Ukraine's Kirill Boliukh and Oleksii Sereda took bronze.

"Since coming back to the sport last summer, I’ve been working my butt off to make that dream a reality!" wrote Daley. "Getting a silver medal and Olympic quota spot is just the first step in getting there. But excited for what is to come!"

"It really does take a village to make an Olympic athlete and often go unrecognised!" added Daley. "But I appreciate each and every one of you for supporting me on this journey!" 

Coming out of retirement

Having relocated from London to Los Angeles, and with his second son on the way, Tom Daley had officially retired from competitive diving.

Having represented the UK at four Olympics, having won Olympic gold in Tokyo, what else was there left for him to strive for?

Apparently on a family visit to the Olympic museum in Colorado, Daley got emotional watching audio-visual presentations about Olympic champions, and his son, Robbie, said that he wanted to see his father diving at the Olympics.

From that moment, Daley was once again signed-up to the dream of competing at the Olympics.

With his training well underway and getting back into competitive events, it appears that Daley's plan is to take on a synchro event with Noah Williams at his side. Daley feels that he is too old to mix it in the individual diving events.

He'll be 30 by the the time he gets to the Paris Olympics, which will make Daley the oldest member of the UK's diving team.

Who is Tom Daley?

Born in 1994, Tom Daley has been the face of diving in the UK since he began winning international events at the age of 15.

His gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics was a career highlight, but he has been an elite competitor in this sport since 2009.

Beyond diving, Daley is known for speaking publicly about LGBTQ issues. He also supports mental health organisations and has recently been knitting as part of a fund-raising initiative.

Daley began speaking publicly about his sexuality in 2013.

Marrying Dustin Lance Black in 2017. The couple have two children.

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