Tokyo 2020 - Tom Daley wins second World Cup diving gold in 10m platform at Olympics venue
Tom Daley is getting acquainted with the Tatsumi Aquatics Centre ahead of Tokyo 2020, with the Briton winning two golds during a World Cup event in Japan at the venue which will host the diving at this summer’s Olympics. Daley won the 10m synchro with Matthew Lee on Saturday, and took the individual gold on Monday.
Tom Daley of Great Britain poses with his gold medal after winning the Men's 10m Platform final on day four of the FINA Diving World Cup at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre on May 04, 2021
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The Tatsumi Aquatics Centre will host the diving at the Olympics this summer, and 2017 world champion Daley has enjoyed getting a taste of the venue before the Games get underway.
“There is no better opportunity to get used to the competition than being in the actual Olympic pool,” Daley said, per Fina’s website.
“I did a solid performance in the synchro event, I did a solid performance today in the individual final – there are still some details I want to work on, but overall I am quite happy with my results here.”
The 26-year-old used the same programme he plans to showcase at the Olympics.
“In an Olympic year, I don’t like to change things too much, as I want to practise those dives the maximum I can,” Daley added.
“Also, we don’t have so many competitions, so better to keep this programme as it is.”
Daley missed out on the individual final at Rio 2016, but he is eager to enjoy the Games this summer as he targets a first gold.
He added: “At the end of the day, why torture yourself with that one unique experience of the Games? As an athlete, you just dream to compete at the Olympic Games, so I just want to enjoy that moment.”
Daley won 10m individual bronze at London 2012, and went on to win bronze in the 10m synchro at Rio alongside Daniel Goodfellow.
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