Daley gunning for gold at Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Cheryl Sanders
August 14, 2016

Tom Daley says the pressure is off in his bid for Rio gold after claiming a second Olympic bronze medal on Monday.

In a sport where the dress code is attracting as much critical attention as the actual competition, Daley and his sidekick Dan Goodfellow snatched bronze in the men's 10 metre synchronised platform dive with a brilliant routine straight from the drum on your tumble dryer.

Goodfellow, 19, moved into Daley's London apartment two months ago so they could train together, live out of each other's pockets and reinforce the wavelengths required to hit the water in ideal synchronicity at 34mph.

Then on Friday August 19 he will go in the individual event, looking to improve the bronze medal he won at London 2012.

World-class diver Dan Goodfellow is celebrating a bronze Olympic medal - and he is just 19 years old.

After executing their final dive, Daley and Goodfellow were made to wait anxiously before their score was confirmed but Daley has insisted that he and his teammate were always confident of winning a medal in Brazil. I guess I didn't really know.

I knew how I was going to feel if we finished fourth.

The pair needed a score in the high 80s to secure their bronze medal after a strong finish from the German pair of Sascha Klein and Patrick Hausding and they didn't disappoint.

"I've got an Olympic medal and to share that moment with Dan was incredible", Daley said.

"After I came back from injury there was a pre-season camp last October and the coaches said there was an opportunity for someone to do synchro with Tom if they were able to keep up with him". The 20-year-old won a gold medal at the World Championships in the same event 12 months ago looked a shadow of himself in the semi-final, squeezing into the final as the eigth fastest qualifier. Mr Rochell and I certainly did, and then got up at the crack of dawn this morning, popped on our dressing gowns and watched the overnight action on the red button.

"I had a season and a half out because of nerve problems in my shoulder and I couldn't even get in the pool", Goodfellow told the Telegraph. I was beating myself up about it and I said to him "don't worry Dan, we'll get them at the Olympics". "I just accepted that and tried to block everything else out and focus on my dives".

But here he was standing, grinning as he talked to the media in the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park.

China and the United States won gold and silver respectively.

"But at the same time, I feel more comfortable now and there are lots of things that have been sightly different since 2012". "I will move out of the village for five days to give my head and body a bit of a rest and come back into it three or four days before the competition".

"I'm ready for any kind of weather", he said. I'd been out for so long I think it motivated me to take the opportunity more.

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