Tokyo 2020 Olympics: 'Holy tornado!' – Tom Daley 'overwhelmed' after winning diving gold with Matty Lee
Thirteen years on from his Olympic debut as a 14-year-old in Beijing, Tom Daley's incredible story has a long-awaited new chapter: gold medallist. Daley and Matty Lee put in an incredible performance at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre to pip favourites China to gold, winning with a score of 471.81 to China's 470.58.
'I was blubbering, a mess!' - Daley on emotions after winning gold with Lee
A nail-biting finish saw Daley and Lee neck-and-neck with Chinese favourites Chen Aisen and Cao Yuan, but the British pair held their nerve to seal a famous victory and spark delirium amongst those in Team GB colours around the pool at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.
Having been just 14 years old when he made his Olympic debut at Beijing 2008 before winning back-to-back bronzes in London and Rio, the triumph marks the pinnacle of a stunning journey for Daley.
“Honestly, it’s actually overwhelming”, the 27-year-old told Eurosport.
I’ve been diving for 20 years now and this is my fourth Olympic Games and it’s been my childhood dream for ever to stand on top of the podium and to do that alongside one of your best friends, to be able to share that… holy tornado!
“We put so much hard work, effort and sacrifice into getting this piece of metal round your neck – it means everything.”
'It's finally come true!' - Daley and Lee emotional on podium with gold medals
Becoming a parent to son Robert alongside husband Dustin Lance Black in 2018, it was Daley’s first Games as a father.
The fact that this overlapped with a long-awaited gold medal was no coincidence for the diver, with his husband prophesying the diver’s triumph.
Daley said: “Back in 2016 I was heartbroken and devastated, that was the Olympics I thought I was going to win a gold medal.
When I didn’t, it was Lance that said to me ‘Tom this isn’t the end of your story, and maybe our child is meant to be there to watch you win an Olympic gold.’
"The fact that my son watched me win an Olympic gold medal with Matty, I honestly can’t believe it and I just feel like such a proud parent right now. This whole experience with Matty has just been awesome, I’m overwhelmed."