Tom Daley will compete in his fourth Olympics after being selected to Team GB’s 12-man diving squad as he seeks his first gold medal after winning bronze in 2012 and 2016
Tom Daley will have the chance to win an elusive Olympic gold medal in Tokyo this summer, after being selected by Britain for its fourth Games.
The 27-year-old heads Team GB’s 12-man diving squad, which also includes Rio 2016 gold medalist Jack Laugher and 16-year-old debutant Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix, daughter of First Dates maitre d’ Fred Sirieix.
Daley, who first competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics at the age of 14, won bronze medals in the 10m platform in London 2012 and the 10m synchro in Rio.
Tom Daley will have the chance to win an elusive Olympic gold medal in Tokyo this summer after being selected by Britain for his fourth Games
But he’s going for gold in Tokyo in both the individual and synchronized event, having won World Cup and European Championship titles with partner Matty Lee last month.
Laugher tries to defend his Rio crown in the 3m springboard synchro, this time teaming up with Daniel Goodfellow, who won bronze with Daley in the 10m event in Brazil.
Laugher’s friend Lois Toulson has also been selected by Team GB to compete in the 10m platform and synchro, where she teams up with Eden Cheng.
Daley won bronze medals on the 10m platform in London 2012 and the 10m synchro in Rio
Jack Laugher, who won gold in 2016, is also part of Team GB’s 12-strong diving squad
Spendolini-Sirieix, who was last year’s BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year, will take a dip on the 10m platform, after winning bronze in the Europeans last month.
The other divers selected are James Heatly (women’s 3m springboard), Noah Williams (men’s 10m platform), Grace Reid (women’s 3m springboard and 3m synchro), Kat Torrance (ladies 3m synchro) and Mew Jensen (ladies 3m springboard).
Mark England, Team GB’s Chef de Mission, said: “Anyone who supports Team GB will be supported by what this team has achieved in recent weeks and will be confident that we will see more of this medal-winning performance in Tokyo. ‘
Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix, a 16-year-old debutant, will also participate in Tokyo
British Diving Performance Director Alexei Evangulov added: ‘This has been the longest Olympic cycle ever, but the hardest was this past year – our team exceeded all my expectations in dealing with all the challenges we have faced during the pandemic. .
“Our divers have not only managed to maintain their physical and technical form in this situation, but have also significantly improved their diving quality.
“All this, plus the professionalism of our coaches and staff, enabled us to approach the home game to Tokyo with great confidence, high ambitions and conviction.”