Tokyo Olympics: Tom Daley FINALLY wins Olympic gold in men’s synchronised 10m platform 

BREAKING NEWS: Tom Daley FINALLY wins Olympic gold! Team GB diving star produces stunning display with Matty Lee to beat Chinese favourites in men’s synchronised 10m platform

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Tom Daley knew opportunities were running out and so what a moment for him to win his first Olympic medal alongside Matty Lee in the men’s synchronised 10m platform.

The 27-year-old took bronze in both 2012 and 2016 and may well have thought that was his ceiling as an Olympian.

But both Daly and Lee refused to bow down to the Chinese favourites as they went toe-to-toe, forcing mistakes and eventually coming out on top.   

Tom Daley (front) and Matty Lee (back) produced a near-perfect display to take a gold medal

Tom Daley (front) and Matty Lee (back) produced a near-perfect display to take a gold medal

The British pairing were reduced to tears after the judges’ scores came through to confirm they had won the syncronised title

Daley (seen right) has waited 13 years to claim a gold medal having landed bronzes at the previous two Olympic Games

Daley (seen right) has waited 13 years to claim a gold medal having landed bronzes at the previous two Olympic Games

The 27-year-old was left lost for words when it was confirmed that his Olympic dream was complete in winning a gold medal

The 27-year-old was left lost for words when it was confirmed that his Olympic dream was complete in winning a gold medal

Lee, making his Olympic debut in Tokyo, showed no fear as they fought back in the final few rounds to defeat China

Lee, making his Olympic debut in Tokyo, showed no fear as they fought back in the final few rounds to defeat China

The British duo were  trailing behind China in the first three of the six rounds but finished strongest and were deserved winners. 

Daley and Lee, who was making his Olympic debut, were made to face an agonising wait to secure gold as Chinese rivals, Chen Aisen and Cao Yuan, put in a brilliant final dive but they needed 9.6 to win it and failed to do so. 

Daley was overcome with emotion at the end as Team GB broke down into tears as the celebrated following the most extreme pressure in the closing dives. 

At the medal ceremony Daley put the award around Lee’s neck and Lee did the same for his partner as they proudly stood to the national anthem. 

Daley (left) made his Olympic debut back in 2008 in Beijing but had never before managed to win more than a bronze medal

Daley (left) made his Olympic debut back in 2008 in Beijing but had never before managed to win more than a bronze medal

Team GB's high score of 471.81 was untouchable even with a thrilling finish by China as they watched on having dived first

Team GB’s high score of 471.81 was untouchable even with a thrilling finish by China as they watched on having dived first

He has become the first British diver in history to win three Olympic medals. 

Victory takes Team GB’s medal haul at the Games to five. 

Daley made his Olympic debut in Beijing 13 years ago in 2008 and has finally landed the top prize in diving.

He arrived as a teenage sensation and now finally, as a dad, gets his hands on a gold medal. 

China had it all to do with their final dive and almost pulled it off as they reached a superb 470.58, but it was not enough after Team GB’s wonderful 471.81.

The diving pair’s gold adds to the Mega Monday of medals for Team GB, which was started with Alex Yee in the triathlon, as he took silver.

Team GB then later gold their first gold of the Games when Adam Peaty defended his 100m breaststroke title that he won in Rio. 

More to follow.  

It was one of the most emotional scenes for Team GB of the Games so far as Lee and Daley added to the Mega Monday haul

It was one of the most emotional scenes for Team GB of the Games so far as Lee and Daley added to the Mega Monday haul

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