Tom Daley finally wins Olympic gold as he and Matty Lee pull off brilliant 10m synchro diving win at Tokyo 2020

TOM Daley finally got the Olympic gold he has craved with a brilliant performance to dethrone the Chinese defending champions.

Daley had won bronze synchro medals at London and Rio but never been able to get on the top of the podium.

Daley celebrates finally sealing Olympic gold6

Daley celebrates finally sealing Olympic goldCredit: BBC
Olympic debutant Matty Lee embraces Daley6

Olympic debutant Matty Lee embraces DaleyCredit: BBC
Tom Daley and Matty Lee stunned in the 10m synchronised diving6

Tom Daley and Matty Lee stunned in the 10m synchronised divingCredit: Getty

But alongside new partner Matty Lee, the Brit pair put in a stunning show, clinching their title with a superb final round gamble.

Daley and Lee risked everything with the toughest dive in the sport, a forward four and half somersault with a 3.7 degree of difficulty.

And they absolutely nailed it, the GB team roaring and their coaches hugging each other on the side of the pool.

Daley and Lee scored 101.01, for a total of 471.81.

It meant Chinese Yuan Chao and Aisen Chen had to be effectively beyond perfect, a feat too far even for the pair who have dominated the sport.

As the score of 101.52 flashed up, not quite enough, Daley jumped into Lee’s arms, a mixture of joy and disbelief.

There were tears, and rightly so, with defending springboard champ Jack Laugher among those rushing down to embrace the new champions.

Daley had predicted before heading to Japan that it would be a two-horse race with China and from the very first dive that looked like being the case.

The Chinese pair made barely a ripple as they took a narrow lead after the initial dive and extended it to just over four points with a brilliant second effort.

But it was always going to be about the four optional dives, offering both a higher degree of difficulty and far greater risk.

Daley and Lee lost ground in round three, Lee rotating slightly too far, allowing the Chinese to extend their advantage to 15 points.

Not insurmountable but it meant the pressure was on. 

Round four saw GB throw down the gauntlet with a back three and a half somersault with pike, with a 3.6 degree of difficulty, earning 93.96 points – and the Chinese cracked, making a real mess of the same dive.

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The muted response of their poolside team-mates showed the holders had got it wrong, with GB ahead by six points with two rounds to go.

China responded, cutting the gap to less than two points with one to go after both pairs hit the mark.

But when it mattered, more than ever before, Daley and Lee delivered to turn the Olympic dream into glorious reality.

The British duo tussled with the Chinese world champions6

The British duo tussled with the Chinese world championsCredit: Getty
Chinese duo Chen and Cao couldn't quite claw back the deficit in the final round6

Chinese duo Chen and Cao couldn’t quite claw back the deficit in the final roundCredit: Getty
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