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Olympics news - Tom Daley - I would have retired if I'd won gold in Rio

Daley - I would have retired if I'd won gold in Rio
By Sportsbeat

30/10/2018 at 15:55Updated 30/10/2018 at 22:31

Tom Daley has Olympic redemption on his mind after the Plymouth diver reignited his love for the board following the birth of his son in June this year.

The 24-year-old became a dad in June when his son Robbie, named after the diver's late father, Robert, was born.

Robbie may take up most of Daley's time but the birth of his first child has rekindled his love for diving and has his eye set firmly on Tokyo.

Daley has two Olympic bronze medals to his name but a gold medal still eludes him after exiting the 10m platform in Rio at the semi-final stage.

Motivation may have started to dwindle for the diving star but that couldn't be further from the truth now as Daley gears up for a shot at 2020 glory.

"After an Olympics you have a bit of a dip. So after 2012, in 2013 was rough," Daley said.

"I had built up everything to London and then in 2013 I didn't know what I wanted to do or how I was going to get back onto the diving board.

" "2016 was different because I had the fire in my belly but then this year has been my post-Olympic slump year."

"I was ill for about three to four months and then I had stress fractures in both my shins which is what I was competing with in the Commonwealth Games.

"That was a really tough thing for me. But the big turning point for me was when Robbie was born.

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Daley, who was speaking at a SportsAid Lunch Club in Milton Keynes to help the charity raise funds for the next generation of athletes, admits he would have retired if he'd won gold in Rio two years ago.

Going out in the semi-finals was a bitter pill to swallow but now, spurred on by thinking about his son, Daley is desperate not to repeat that heartache in Japan.

He said: "I had a bad day (in 2016). It can happen to anyone. If I had won a gold medal in Rio then I wouldn't still be diving today.

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"I said that I would come back and work as hard as I can because I never ever want to feel a pain like that again.

"It's been a very busy year in 2018. Being able to be a parent at the same time as diving is something that has been a complete perspective change now going to training and Robbie being the only thing I think about is very different.

"The big thing for next year is to qualify for the Olympic Games. It's the first opportunity for diving so alongside fatherhood, qualifying for Olympics is also on the cards in 2019."

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