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Weather won't rain on prepared fired-up Daley's parade

BY Matt McGeehan

Published 08/08/2016

Action replay: Tom Daley watches a video replay of his dive with coach Jane Figueirdo during a training session in Rio
Action replay: Tom Daley watches a video replay of his dive with coach Jane Figueirdo during a training session in Rio

Tom Daley launches his third Olympic campaign today and is praying for rain.

The London 2012 bronze medallist also moved Dan Goodfellow, his partner in today's 10m synchronised event, in as a lodger ahead of the Rio Games.

The Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre, which hosts diving, synchronised swimming and the early rounds of the water polo, is an open air arena. And Daley would be happy if the heavens opened.

He said: "I am ready for any kind of weather. We have trained in rain, wind, cloud, sun, you name it. For me, I prefer it to be a little bit cloudy because it's not as bright and you can open your eyes a bit more, rather than squinting all the time.

"I would quite like it to rain and a lot of people don't like the rain. I am ready for it. I am British and used to the rain."

Goodfellow moved to London to live and train with Daley in the build-up to the Rio Olympics, before the British diving squad left for a Florida training camp ahead of the Games.

The pair won 10m platform synchronised silver at May's European Championships and will be optimistic of challenging for a medal today.

"About five, six weeks before we left for the Olympics Dan moved up to London with me and was living with me and training together," Daley said.

"(We're) getting to the point where we know each other as well. That makes the partnership even better in the diving pool.

"Then we had the two-week training camp in Florida, where we got some really productive training in. He's my room-mate in the Olympic Village (as well)."

Daley, at 22, is the senior partner of 19-year-old Goodfellow, who is from Cambridge.

But Daley, whose individual 10m platform event begins on August 19, admits to still feeling the jitters ahead of taking the plunge. He added: "Every time you're up on 10m it's not exactly a walk in the park.

"You have to be a little bit scared and have a little bit of an adrenaline rush, but at the same time I feel I'm at my most comfortable right now. It's going to be really tough, because I've got some really strong rivals.

"Now I feel confident I could score 10 on every one of them. Whoever can land all six of their dives on their head is going to come away as champion."

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