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'Agonising' wait - then bronze joy for diver Tom Daley

Published 08/08/2016

Diver Tom Daley has described the wait for his latest Olympic victory to be confirmed as "agonising", as he helped boost Team GB's medal tally at the Rio Games.

The 22-year-old said he and dive partner Dan Goodfellow had not even expected to qualify for the Olympics, having worked together for less than a year.

The pair claimed bronze in the men's 10-metre synchro event, hugging before having a celebratory splash in the pool after learning of their success.

The victory made up for Daley's disappointment at the London Games in 2012 when he and then partner Pete Waterfield took fourth place, missing out on a medal.

Speaking after the win in Rio, Daley said: "It was an agonising wait that felt like it was an eternity. We were stood there and knew we had done a good dive but were didn't know if we'd done enough.

"It was just one of those moments where I knew how I would feel if it came up on the scoreboard that we finished fourth and I knew how I would feel if we finished third.

"We were just waiting and waiting with replay after replay, then all of a sudden the scores came up, I pounced on Dan and I don't think he was quite ready for it and then before we knew it we were back in for a top bombing seventh dive."

Goodfellow, from Cambridge, who moved into Daley's home in London in the build-up to the Games, said he knew they were under pressure, but tried to " block everything else out and focus on my dives".

The 19-year-old added: " I knew our last two are our two real big ones and we'd have to nail them."

Following the diving victory Daley's fiance Dustin Lance Black, who has been supporting him in Rio, tweeted his congratulations to the pair.

He wrote: "So proud of you my love!!!Congratulations @TomDaley1994 & @danngoodfellow!"

The diving success comes after a historic win for Adam Peaty, who took gold in the men's 100 metres breaststroke, a silver for Jazz Carlin in the women's 400 metres freestyle and victory for Ed Ling, who blasted his way to a bronze medal in the men's trap shooting,

Back home on the family farm in Wellington, Somerset, Mr Ling's father Steven, who is his coach, said they were "ecstatic" after Ed clinched his first Olympic medal.

The 33-year-old missed out in the Athens and London Games, but had been in fine form in the run-up to this year's competition, his father said.

Surrounded by family members in celebratory mood, he told the Press Association: "It's really nail-biting but this is the pinnacle of it now - his first Olympic final and first Olympic medal.

"He's been shooting unbelievable for the last 14 months. Last year he won every single event he entered. He has just been phenomenal, his head is very, very strong."

Mr Ling said he, his wife Carol, son Theo, daughter Bev and Ed's wife Abbey had cracked open a bottle of champagne on seeing his success, but not before some nerve-wracking viewing.

The 63-year-old said: "It's worse watching than it is actually pulling the trigger. Trust me, I'd rather be shooting than watching."

He said his son had been focused on Olympic success - but was also keen to make sure things were okay at home on the farm, and will probably return to the UK in the next few days.

He said: "I think he wants to come back to the farm and he wants to come back to the family.

"He generally does all the spraying, it's harvest time so we've got corn to cut and he will probably want to see his corn being cut. I've not told him the truth the last few days - we've been cutting corn.

"I think every day I have spoken to him in the morning or at night he said, 'What's the weather like, have you started yet?'. I've said, 'No, it's still raining'.

"I wanted him to be focused out there, not worrying about what's going on. It is very much a mental game."

Speaking after the victory Ed said his achievement had been "a long time coming", adding that he hoped it was another of many medals for Team GB.

He said: "I think this is great for shooting. It is also another medal for Team GB which is fantastic and hopefully there is a lot more to come."

Wesley Hann, 55, who runs the Brook Bank Clay Shooting Ground in Cheddar, where Ling has been training for around two decades, spoke of his pride at seeing him secure a medal.

He said: "We are really, really pleased - we watched it on a crappy old internet connection in Sicily but we are really pleased for him.

"I've known Ed since he was a child, he's always had a great talent for it and he's been able to capitalise on that. He's been very calm and very focused, he's not been like an erratic, temperamental lad.

"He's an excellent example of a sportsman, really, he could turn his hand to any type of shooting. A gifted chap - talented and a pleasure to shoot with."

He added: "I'm sure he's got the aptitude and the time to take the gold medal over the next 10 years. He doesn't like the heat so Rio was never the best place for him to perform."

Peaty's win set a new world record.

The 21-year-old stormed to victory in 57.13 seconds, smashing his own world record for the second time in two days to scoop Britain's first men's swimming gold in decades.

As the historic victory sank in he said: "I did it for my country because that means so much to me."

The swim was followed minutes later with glory for Carlin.

Meanwhile there was disappointment for Britain's men's gymnasts and women's rugby sevens team, both of whom missed out on medals.

The gymnastics team had looked likely to place third throughout their performance, but after three-time Olympic medallist Louis Smith came off the pommel horse during his routine they fell short, coming fourth.

On the pitch the women's rugby sevens suffered a convincing defeat to Canada in their bronze medal match, losing 33-10.

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