Monday, July 26, 2021

Tokyo Olympics

Tom Daley and Matty Lee
win GOLD in men's synchronised 10m platform

Tom Daley ended his long wait for an Olympic gold medal with a sublime display alongside Matty Lee in a nerve-filled men's synchronised 10m platform event at Tokyo 2020.

In a nail-biting finale, the British pair watched on as Cao Yuan and Chen Aisen conducted their final dive and broke into wild celebrations when it became clear they had ended China's golden grip on the event, dating back to 2000.

For Daley - now 27 - it marks a first gold medal at his fourth Olympic Games and he wept with joy on the podium, while Lee - four years his junior - can contemplate gold at the first time of asking.

"I still can't honestly believe what is happening," Daley told BBC Sport. "That moment, being about to be announced as Olympic champions, I was gone. I was blubbering."

The pair dived impeccably throughout, moving top of the leaderboard after four dives, before going on to expertly handle nerves and pressure in their final two routines.

Daley, who married husband Dustin Lance Black in 2017, has said becoming a father offered him "a different headspace" going into the Tokyo Games.

And so it proved as he upgraded bronze medals in the individual and synchronised 10m events in 2012 and 2016 respectively for a landmark gold, Britain's second of the Tokyo Games.

"To finally have this around my neck, I've been diving over 20 years," added Daley.

"Lots of people would have counted me out but I'm in the best shape and with the support with Matty, we've had that unstoppable mentality this year and that's the first time I've ever been able to think like that.

"I can't believe what is happening and I didn't think I would get here in the first place." 

 Source: BBC, July 26, 2021



Esta Noche said...

Kudos Tom and Matty for this much deserved gold medal! 🏅🎖️👏👏👏👏😘🏳️‍🌈🏅

Hot guys said...

Who knew The Olympics are that watchable after all? 🤷‍♂️😜

Esta Noche said...

They are. Basically. I loved to watch them when I was younger. In this day and age, it's all commercial breaks, sponsoring, and "we'll be right back after this." Too much money involved. The buck should stop at the Olympics. Daydreaming again.