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Tom Daley won't be satisfied unless he returns home as the champion

By Matt McGeehan

Tom Daley celebrated his London 2012 bronze as if it was a gold medal, but he would be disappointed with anything less than first place in Rio.

The 22-year-old begins his third Olympic campaign in the men's synchronised 10m platform with Daniel Goodfellow on Monday. His individual 10m event starts on August 19, with the final a day later.

China's Chen Aisen and Qiu Bo - the World champion - plus defending Olympic champion David Boudia of the United States are all rivals of Daley, whose aim is victory.

"I'm going into this Olympic Games for a gold medal," Daley said. "I'm going in with the mentality that the Chinese have to beat me. I don't have to beat them. They've got to beat me."

Daley was 14 when he made his Olympic debut in Beijing. He moved to London to work with Jane Figueiredo in January 2015 and the American coach has transformed his training.

"I've been doing all sorts. Any type of exercise you can imagine I've been doing it," he said.

"Jane's wanted me to do kickboxing. I do ballet, I do spin classes. We do weight training, gymnastics, trampolining, Pilates, yoga, plyometrics stuff.

"It's a tough schedule. We're going to have the preliminary rounds on one day, the next morning the semi-final and in the evening the final."

The diverse training has captured Daley's imagination, too.

He added: "Keeping things fresh and changing things all the time, it keeps you ready, it keeps things exciting. That's really what's helped me fall back in love with the sport."

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