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Thomas Daley






Great Britain GBR

Everyone loves a good comeback story. And in Thomas Daley, the 10m platform world champion and FINA Male Diver of the Year, we have a remarkable one. Having set the bar high by becoming the 10m world champion as just a teenager in 2009, we all expected great things to follow. But as is the nature of sport, and of life, the 23-year-old’s path to repeated glory in 2017 wasn’t an easy one. This is what makes him such a deserved winner of FINA’s accolade.

FINA World Championships

Gold Medal

10m platform
FINA World Championships

Silver Medal

3m mixed synchro
FINA World Championships 4th


10m synchro
FINA World Series

Bronze Medal

10m overall

Thomas Daley

Congratulations on being voted the Best Athlete of the Year in the men's diving discipline – how does that feel?

It is such an honour to be given such a prestigious award. I have been working very hard since the Rio Olympic Games and I am over the moon with the way that this season has unfolded.

What changed in the year separating the Worlds from the Olympics in Rio, having turned things around so dramatically? What do you think went wrong in Rio?

I put so much pressure on myself going into Rio and I forgot about the real reasons why I love diving, and that is because I love to compete and be on the board. This year I really focused on enjoying every second of my competitions and it really changed my attitude in competition, and it got the best out of my performances.

It was an incredible moment for you to turn the Chinese celebrations before your last dive in Budapest into motivation to beat them, when some athletes would have crumbled under the pressure. How do you feel looking back at that now, having had time to re

When I watched the video back from the competition, I don't really know how I did it... I was in a complete sense of competitive flow and I don't think in that moment there was going to be anything that could have stopped me.

Will you change your approach to competition now in the way you psychologically prepare, especially with Tokyo in mind?

Absolutely, the key to me diving well has always been when I am at my happiest and most relaxed and when my body is feeling good, so I really want to make sure I can maintain that mentality moving forward.

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