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Daley eyes Rio gold

GB diving star aiming for gold in Rio 2016

By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH.   Last Updated: 16/08/12 3:30pm

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Daley - I can challenge for gold

Tom Daley has not stopped smiling since picking up an Olympic diving medal at London 2012, but he believes he can upgrade to gold in Rio 2016.

Daley, who seems to have been an Olympic star forever, will be just 22 by the time Rio rolls around, but it will already be his third Games.

Diving in Beijing elevated Daley to national treasure status, and he was one of the most talked about athletes heading into London 2012.

That pressure, coupled with the sad death of his father, meant that Daley had a lot to deal with for someone so young - which explains his huge celebrations at winning Olympic bronze after such a difficult build-up.

"I've just been so happy, it's just one of those moments when all I've been able to do is smile," Daley told Sky Sports News.


"Because going out there and winning an Olympic medal after all the things I've been through, all the tough times and all the hard training - means all I've been able to do is jump up and down and smile and been happy."

With bronze coming so young, Daley is now looking forward to challenging strongly again for gold in Rio in four years' time.

"It does sound old - being 22 - but diving peak is normally around 22 so hopefully I can go out there and be more consistent and challenge for the gold medal."

Daley has been blown away by the support he and the rest of Team GB received during the Olympics, with the whole country picking up Olympic fever.

"I was very surprised at just how much the British public embraced the Olympic Games," he admitted.

"Everyone at the beginning was thinking it would cause havoc but as soon as it started and GB started doing well they really got into it and everyone's a bit sad now it's all over."

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