Tom Daley and Matty Lee pip China and ROC to win Olympic diving gold at last

On a day of vertiginous pressure at the Tokyo Aquatic Centre Tom Daley and Matty Lee took the gold medal in the men’s synchronised 10m platform by one point from Chinese world champions Yuan Cao and Aisen Chen.

The British pair took the lead with three dives remaining, producing a performance of relentless high scoring as the Chinese, who had led from the first round cracked unexpectedly.

One poor dive was all it took. From there the British pair were utterly ruthless, seeing off a late surge to retain their lead as the difficulty levels ramped up and the Chinese pair dived last.

Lee is diving in his first Games. For Daley the result here means that 13 años, four Games and all manner of twists, turns and pikes on from his emergence into the public consciousness, he finally has a gold medal to go with his two bronzes.

The pressure was unrelenting in Tokyo as all six rounds were completed in non-stop rapid fire order, with no breaks or moments to draw breath, the levels of nerve and gymnastic excellence required simply breathtaking.

At the end there were shouts and leaps and periods for Daley of just sitting there letting it all sink it. Daley also has the chance for individual gold, which he will now dive free of the pressure that has lingered over him since he was a boy.

There were damp eyes above the masks of both men on the podium as they stood for the national anthem, looking a little stunned. Understandably so: this was a sublime performance from the British pair.




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