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Tom Daley became European champion at age 13 and world champion at age 14. He is a top fan favourite and has a big dream: he wants to win the gold medal at the 2020 Olympics. This year, however, his goal is to finish in first place at the FINA World Championships in Budapest.

Tom Daley was born on 21 May 1994 in Plymouth, and took swimming lessons first, but found them boring and wanted more of a challenge. He saw people diving and thought that was the sport for him.

In 2008 he became the youngest British and youngest European senior champion at age 13. He was selected for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and, at age 14, became the second-youngest athlete to represent Great Britain at the Olympic Games. He was the youngest competitor of any nationality at the Games to participate in a final.

He won the 10m platform event at the 2009 FINA World Championships, which made him Britain's first diving world champion, and at age 15, Britain's youngest world champion in Olympic sport altogether.

He won both the 10m platform and the 10m synchro event at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, and he won his first Olympic medal at the 2012 London Games, finishing third in the 10m platform.

He won the gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, at the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan (team event), and at the 2016 European Championships in London, and after winning a bronze medal at the London Olympics in the 10m synchronised platform event with Daniel Goodfellow, he became the first British diver to win multiple Olympic medals.

Daley’s career has been hindered a couple of times, like at the 2010 European Championships in Budapest, when he injured his triceps muscle while competing in the 10m platform synchro. The injury forced him to withdraw from both the 10m synchronised and solo events, and at the same time meant he was unable to compete in the 10m platform event at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. 

Daley is very popular among sports fans and journalists, because he is a really interesting person and he is very active in the social media. In 2013, Daley released a YouTube video announcing that he had been in a relationship with American film screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, with whom he later got married.

He is the figurehead behind the Tom Daley Diving Academy based at the London Aquatics Centre. The programme is designed to support people of all ages to take up diving.

He competed in judo as a junior and represented the county of Devon in England.

"You have to want it more than anything. You have to be willing to miss out on everything. It has to be the biggest thing in your life." – he said to The Guardian (18 July 2015)

The final of the 10m synchro will be held on 16 July, the final of the 10m platform event on 22 July in the new Duna Arena at the 17th FINA World Championships.

TOM DALEY

Born: Plymouth (UK), 21 May, 1994

Medal record:

Two-time world champion (2009 Rome, 10m platform; 2015 Kazan, team event); bronze medallist (2015 Kazan, 10m platform)

Two-time Olympic bronze medallist (2012 London, 10m platform; 2016 Rio de Janeiro, 10m synchro)

Four-time European champion (2008 Eindhoven, 10m platform; 2012 Eindhoven, 10m platform; 2016 London, 10m platform and mixed 3m synchro)

Three-time Commonwealth Games champion (2010 Delhi, 10m platform and 10m synchro; 2014 Glasgow, 10m platform)