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Daley will be hoping his fourth Olympic Games will be his most successful

THIS summer Tom Daley will be hoping to finally add the one gold medal missing from his impressive collection.

Daley has won multiple World, European and Commonwealth titles but an Olympic gold medal has so far eluded him.

He did win bronze medals in London and Rio but he would love to stand on the top of the podium in Tokyo.

The 27-year-old was officially confirmed in Great Britain’s diving team on Wednesday. He will compete in the men’s 10m synchro event with Matty Lee and the individual event in Japan.

It will be his fourth Olympic Games, having made his debut in Beijing at the age of just 14.

“I do feel like the granddad of the diving team, which is in contrast to 2008 when I was the youngest on the team,” said Daley.

“But I am excited. It is the fourth time, but it doesn’t get any less exciting.”

He added: “The main thing for me this year is getting to the start line in one piece and that I go there with no regrets – knowing I have done everything physically and mentally possibly to do the best I can on the day.”

But while Daley is relishing competing at his fourth Olympic Games, fellow Plymouth diver Matthew Dixon will have to wait at least another three years for his dream after narrowly missing out on the squad.

Dixon, who only turned 21 last month, has won two Commonwealth Games silver medals, three European medals, was last year’s British champion and recently finished sixth at the FINA World Cup, but it was not enough to secure him a place in Tokyo.

With Daley filling one of GB’s two spots in the men’s 10m individual event, it came down to a straight choice between Dixon and his synchro partner Noah Williams for the other place on the team.

British Diving used the recent World Cup and European Championships as selection events.

Dixon came sixth in Tokyo at the World Cup but he knew then that he had not done enough to secure his place at the Olympics.

He said afterwards: “Coming sixth in the world is an amazing result, but unfortunately I did not get the end result I wanted. I will be back stronger than ever. Thanks to everyone for believing in me, appreciate you all.”

His former Plymouth Diving team-mates Sarah Barrow and Tonia Couch were quick to show their support to him.

“2008 was a ‘no’ for me,” said Barrow, who missed out on the Beijing Games before competing in London and Rio. “Heart-breaking but you heal stronger for it. Step it up for 2022.”

Couch added: “The best athletes are the ones who get told ‘no’ and they come back ready to smash it up – I know you are going to do the same.”

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