Tom Daley has confirmed his place in the Olympic Games next year, due to take place in Tokyo, Japan.
The announcement of Daley’s continued participation in the Olympic Games came after Daley and partner Matty Lee collected their bronze medals for the 10-metre platform synchronised diving final at the World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea.
Daley is clearly delighted by the result after enthusiastically announcing his huge achievement:
“WE DID IT! WORLD CHAMPS MEDAL AND OLYMPIC QUALIFICATION FOR GB,” exclaimed Daley in an all-caps message on his Instagram account.
Daley partnered with Matty Lee at the end of 2018 after swapping from previous diving partner Dan Goodfellow, who has also earned his 2020 Olympic spot in the three metre platform event for Team GB.
Lee has not been to the Olympics, but has won the gold medal in 10-meter platform at the 2015 European Games as well as the mixed 10-meter synchronized platform at the 2017 European Diving Championships.
Tokyo 2020 will mark Daley’s fourth appearance at the Olympic Games following his participation in Beijing, London and Rio De Janeiro. Daley claimed gold in London 2012 and Bronze in Rio for the British team, and so will be vying for a medal position in the Japanese games.
Since coming out via YouTube in 2013, Tom Daley has married screenwriter and film producer Dustin Lance Black. Lance Black is well known for his work on films including Milk (2008) and When We Rise (2017).
The couple became Dads last year with the arrival of their baby son Robert.
This Olympic placement follows a row which broke out in May at the Diving World Series in London after husband Lance Black was unable to be present to watch Daley win gold at the event, due to the organisers of British Swimming taking issue with the presence of their baby son.
Tom Daley and Matty Lee will join team GB in the games in Tokyo, which will be taking place between July 24 and August 9 2020.
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