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Daley and Goodfellow make splash with surprise bronze

By Matt McGeehan

Published 09/08/2016

We’ve done it: Tom Daley (left) and Dan Goodfellow celebrate bronze
We’ve done it: Tom Daley (left) and Dan Goodfellow celebrate bronze

Tom Daley and Dan Goodfellow won Olympic bronze in the men's synchronised 10 metres platform final as Britain's aquatics stars claimed another medal in Rio.

After Adam Peaty's gold and Jazz Carlin's silver in the swimming pool on Sunday, Daley and Goodfellow added Olympic bronze last night.

China's Chen Aisen and Lin Yue won gold with 496.98 points at Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre.

David Boudia and Steel Johnson of the United States took silver with 457.11 points, while Daley and Goodfellow finished with 444.45 points.

The British pair were diving last of the eight teams and there was a tense wait before the result was confirmed.

Daley had his arm around Goodfellow and the pair tumbled into the water in delight as the result was declared.

Daley was appearing in his third Olympics. He placed eighth in the event when aged 14 in Beijing in 2008, despite a bust-up with partner Blake Aldridge.

Pete Waterfield and Daley combined to place fourth at the London 2012 Games, when the Plymouth diver won bronze in the individual 10m platform.

The individual event begins on August 19 and 22-year-old Daley is targeting gold. He will be boosted by a surprise bronze alongside Goodfellow.

Goodfellow, from Cambridge, had moved into Daley's London home for five weeks in the build-up to the Rio Games to try to solidify their partnership on and off the boards.

The pair had won European silver in May, and it might have been gold had 19-year-old Goodfellow not erred in the final round.

Daley was in buoyant mood on arrival in Rio following the squad's Florida training camp.

And he was even keen for some British weather in Rio. It was overcast and blustery, so the Plymouth diver got what he wished for in the outdoor venue.

Daley and Goodfellow were in medal contention throughout.

The pair were third after the first three of six dives, but their fourth dive, a reverse three and a half somersaults with tuck scored 81.60 as they slipped to fifth.

Their penultimate dive - a forward four and a half somersaults with tuck - scored the highest degree of difficulty in their repertoire at 3.7.

But they delivered, scoring 92.13, to return to a provisional podium position.

With the Britons again diving last, they would know exactly what they had to do. They needed more than 83.61 and scored 89.64 to take bronze.

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