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Arsenal can spend more money after Emirates Deal – Ivan Gazidis

Our new Emirates deal means we can splash the cash, claims Arsenal chief Gazidis

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22:47 GMT, 23 November 2012

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has promised fans the club’s new 150million sponsorship deal with Emirates would directly boost Arsene Wenger’s spending power in the transfer market – but that effects would not be felt until next summer.

Gazidis said the increased revenue from the five-year shirt deal would come too late for the January window but emphasised that a large chunk, understood to be in excess of 30m, would be paid upfront and made available to the Gunners boss from July.

Theo Walcott has yet to agree a new contract and Gazidis, without naming the player specifically, stated pay packages for key squad members would also benefit. ‘We can pay bigger salaries and we can invest more in transfer fees,’ he said.

Good deal: Ivan Gazidis (centre right) says Arsenal can use the money to boost the squad

Good deal: Ivan Gazidis (centre right) says Arsenal can use the money to boost the squad

The Dubai-based airline will have its brand on the Arsenal kit until the end of the 2018-19 season, while the club’s 60,000-seater home ground will remain Emirates Stadium up to 2028.

The previous deal saw Arsenal earn 100m over ten years.

Gazidis conceded ‘nobody is satisfied’ with the position the team finds itself in and said only there are ‘no guarantees’ in football when asked if Arsenal would now stop selling their best players.

But he added: ‘What we can do is develop a really solid financial platform for the club that gives us the ability to compete for top players – both top players that we bring in and top players that we want to keep.

‘We’ve got good confidence that we can compete for the best talent. We can pay bigger salaries and we can invest more in transfer fees.

'How we make those decisions will be based on a manager whose judgements over the years has been shown to be outstanding.

‘There’s nobody I would want to be thinking about those types of decisions more than Arsene Wenger on behalf of this football club.

'We want to be able to invest in the team a little bit more now so we’ll have that capability by the summer.’

Arsenal already have 40m in the bank and
Gazidis added: ‘We also kept some powder dry so we’ve got the ability
to invest if our manager finds the right opportunities in January.’

Supporters hoping the cost of tickets
would be reduced by the extra income may be disappointed however. ‘I
didn’t say they would come down,’ Gazidis said.

‘I think we’ve been very
responsible on ticket pricing. Since we’ve moved to the new stadium
we’ve had two increases in ticket season prices.’

Signature: More money will be available for contracts - perhaps Theo Walcott will get what he wants

Signature: More money will be available for contracts – perhaps Theo Walcott will get what he wants

Tom Daley and Jack Laugher win at World Junior Diving Championships

Daley wins Down Under as Brit ace teams up with Laugher at junior championships

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09:43 GMT, 9 October 2012

Tom Daley made a victorious return to action by winning the three-metre springboard synchro alongside Jack Laugher at the World Junior Diving Championships in Adelaide.

In his first appearance since winning an emotional bronze medal at the London Olympics, Daley secured his first junior world title and continued a stellar year that has also seen him crowned European and World Series platform champion.

Victory was Laugher's second title in as
many days after he won the individual 3m springboard on the opening day
of competition on Monday.

Dynamic duo: Laugher and Daley blitzed the rest of the field in Adelaide

Dynamic duo: Laugher and Daley blitzed the rest of the field in Adelaide

The 17-year-old Ripon diver, who has been tipped as a future world champion by American diving legend Greg Louganis, has now won four junior world crowns. Daley and Laugher blitzed their rivals with a score of 338.85.

Russian duo Ilia Kuzmin and Maxim Popkov were their closest challengers 30.83 behind. It was a rare appearance on the springboard for Daley, but marked a possible future direction for the Plymouth diver after he and Laugher only began training together for the synchro after the Olympics.

Daley will look to claim his second gold medal later this week when he competes in the 10m platform, the event at which he was crowned senior world champion as a 15-year-old in 2009.

London Olympics 2012: Tom Daley wins bronze but misses golden chance by a whisker

Diving into history! Daley wins bronze but misses golden moment by a whisker

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21:04 GMT, 11 August 2012

Tom Daley put in a brave performance to win bronze in the 10m platform diving final, ultimately missing out on a gold medal by the slimmest of margins.

Daley led going into the final round,
but was beaten into third by excellent dives from David Boudia , who won
gold, and silver medallist Qiu Bo. More to follow…

Tom boy: Tom Daley recovered after a tricky start

Tom boy: Tom Daley recovered after a tricky start

Golden moment: David Boudia won for USA

Golden moment: David Boudia won for USA


Second life: Tom Daley was allowed to repeat his first dive after complaining about the camera flashes

Second life: Tom Daley was allowed to repeat his first dive after complaining about the camera flashes

Top man: But Tom Daley had some tough competition

Top man: But Tom Daley had some tough competition

Topsy turvy: Daley's repeat first-round dive scored very high

Topsy turvy: Daley's repeat first-round dive scored very high

Home crowd: Tom Daley's mother Debbie, and brother William, watch the diving final

Home crowd: Tom Daley's mother Debbie, and brother William, watch the diving final

Strong start: USA's David Boudia was ahead after three rounds

Strong start: USA's David Boudia was ahead after three rounds

Close contest: Qiu Bo was in contention throughout

Close contest: Qiu Bo was in contention throughout

Leading man: Tom Daley took the lead with one round to go

Leading man: Tom Daley took the lead with one round to go

London 2012 Olympics: Diving: Tom Daley qualifies for final

That's better, Tom! Daley returns to form as he qualifies for 10m diving final in fourth place

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11:17 GMT, 11 August 2012

Tom Daley bounced back from the shock of his near-exit last night to qualify for the final of the men's platform.

The 18-year-old showed his credentials to win a medal tonight with a solid rather than spectacular display to qualify fourth with a score of 521.10.

And after the scare of the preliminary round, when Daley scraped through in 15th, his morning's work offered plenty of reassurance his confidence had not taken a decisive blow.

Up and away: Tom Daley progressed to the 10m platform diving final by finishing in fourth

Up and away: Tom Daley progressed to the 10m platform diving final by finishing in fourth

Keeping the dream alive: Daley still stands a chance of getting on the podium

Keeping the dream alive: Daley still stands a chance of getting on the podium

While he failed to nail the high
scorer he will need to stand on the podium he showed signs of his
quality and a willingness to fight when he secured his highest score of
the semi-final on his back three-and-a-half somersault – the leap he
completely bombed last night.

The former world champion's hopes of a
first Olympic medal do, however, look restricted to bronze after
Chinese duo Qiu Bo and Lin Yue produced another masterclass.

Qiu, who stole away Daley's world title 12 months ago, qualified in first place after twice attracting 10s in a score of 563.55.

Compatriot Lin Yue also notched a 10 as he finished 21.75 points further back and 20.70 up on of Daley.

The Plymouth-diver returned to the
Aquatics Centre less than 12 hours after his poor display last night
knowing he needed to up his game.

Textbook: China's Qiu Bo finished in first place

Textbook: China's Qiu Bo finished in first place

Out you go: Matthew Mitcham of Australia will not be able to defend his Olympic title as he bowed out in 13th

Out you go: Matthew Mitcham of Australia will not be able to defend his Olympic title as he bowed out in 13th

He started with more surety grabbing
7.5s for an opening back two-and-a-half somersaults with two-and-a-half
twists that he badly over-rotated in the first round.

It was only good enough for ninth though and he remained there after attracting nines on his favoured, but easiest, inward leap.

Eights followed for his armstand but by halfway the Chinese already had both posted 10s to stamp their authority on the contest.

Daley was finding it tough to reply
with a big-scoring dive and got more eights for his hardest forward
four-and-a-half somersaults.

With two dives remaining he was safely
placed in seventh but with his back three-and-a-half somersaults –
which drew a score as low as three last night – to come some nerves
remained inside the Aquatics Centre.

There need not have been as Daley
responded in fine style with 8.5s to grab his highest points score of
the morning and virtually assure his place in the next round.

He finished confidently with nines to
ensure he can rest easier ahead of tonight's 8.30pm final, when all
scores are wiped, and when the eyes of the host nation are set to fall
on him.

One last push: Daley hugged his coach after qualifying in fourth place

One last push: Daley hugged his coach after qualifying in fourth place

In the game: Daley performed to a far higher standard than he did on Friday

In the game: Daley performed to a far higher standard than he did on Friday

In the game: Daley performed to a far higher standard than he did on Friday

'It was a lot better than last night,' Daley told BBC1. 'That's the thing with diving – anything can happen. As you can see – the Olympic champion has just not qualified for the final and I've completely turned around my performance, and the same with David [Boudia].

'Myself and David were at the bottom end of the prelim and now we're at the top end of the semi-final, so it's turned around a lot.

'It feels weird going into another competition after knowing the disappointment from the synchro, being so close yet so far away.

'Going into the individual I really wanted to prove a point of going there and trying to give it my best shot so last night [it] was tough to get through all that competition.

'So I'm happy that I made the semi-finals, and now I made the final. Anything can happen tonight.

'I'm gradually getting sharper and sharper. It's hard to compete in the prelims and the semi-finals when you know it doesn't count towards the medals yet you need to do enough to qualify.

'So that's the toughest part done at the Olympics, to actually qualify for the final, and now I've done that I'm going to give it my best shot tonight.'

London 2012 Olympics: Diving: Tom Daley hoping to beat Qiu Bo

Tom must breach the Great Wall: China's Bo stands in the way of Daley's bid for diving glory after scraping through qualifiers

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22:28 GMT, 10 August 2012

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You wouldn't blame Tom Daley if, before he headed to the Aquatics Centre on Saturday for the semi-final and final of the 10m platform, he took a few minutes to relax, close his eyes and remind himself that the impossible is possible.

He could recall the 2009 World Diving Championships in Rome, for example. Going into the sixth and final dive, a then 15-year-old Daley trailed Chinese pair Qiu Bo and Zhou Luxin.

But then the unthinkable happened – the Chinese cracked, Luxin slightly off with his timing and Bo's entry so bad that he was given 79 points by the judges, 21 fewer than Daley.

In with a shout Tom Daley will compete in the 10m platform diving semi-final and final on Saturday

In with a shout Tom Daley will compete in the 10m platform diving semi-final and final on Saturday

The teenager from Plymouth became world champion. Now he needs hot favourite Bo to buckle under the pressure again in the 10m platform.

'If you hold your nerve and dive well and consistently then you are going to do well,' says Daley, whose preliminary round was last night.

'If you start worrying about what anyone else is doing and you start looking at other people, watching them, seeing what they are doing, then that is when it can start going wrong.

'Different divers handle pressure in different ways. I quite like pressure and it gives me that extra adrenaline and will to do it, but then the Chinese have been known not to do so well under pressure.

'The problem is that they are normally so far ahead by the time it gets pressurised. If you keep on their tail then that is when they start feeling pressure, like Rome 2009.

'On the last dive I scored 10s and Bo dived after me and didn't do his dive very well.

Good enough Daley will need to beat the impressive Qiu Bo if he is to take the gold

Good enough Daley will need to beat the impressive Qiu Bo if he is to take the gold

Good enough Daley will need to beat the impressive Qiu Bo if he is to take the gold

'But you just don't know. All divers feel pressure. I feel pressure, the Germans feel pressure, the Americans.'

Daley's form suggests he should be able to put Bo – who, at 19, is a year older than the Englishman – under pressure.

In the four FINA World Series meetings this year, the Plymouth teenager has finished second three times and first once.

Bo beat Daley in two of the four at which he turned up but this is the Olympics and the pressure will be on, especially as China have won six of the seven diving gold medals so far.

Being world and junior Olympic champion and the winner of the test event earlier this year only adds to the expectation.

Even staying close to Bo and claiming a medal would be deemed a great achievement when you consider their different training regimes, something Daley addressed earlier this year.

And that is before you take into consideration Daley's agony at losing his father, Rob, to a brain tumour last year.

'Qiu is like a robot,' said Daley. 'I train five hours a day, six days a week, which is a lot.

Man to beat: 19-yearr-old Bo is technically outstanding, and Daley knows he must be top of his game if he is to beat him

Man to beat: 19-yearr-old Bo is technically outstanding, and Daley knows he must be top of his game if he is to beat him

Man to beat: 19-yearr-old Bo is technically outstanding, and Daley knows he must be top of his game if he is to beat him

He has been the past few months, though, and will have struggled to do anything else since last week's agonising fourth-place finish in the synchro event with Pete Waterfield.

He is armed with an improved front four-and-a-half-somersault dive, the hardest there is and one he hopes will put him on the podium.

'The crucial thing is the front four-and-ahalf,' he added. 'That's No 4 for me in my routine, but for some others it is No 2 or No 3. I am going to keep the dive order I've been doing all year.

'I am not gong to change it going into the Olympics as it is the first time I have done it. For me it is about going in there making sure I do three solid dives before the four-and-a-half and then the four-and-a-half is the icing on the cake.

'I am aiming to get over 100 points on it as there aren't many divers that can do it. I've gone over 100 points on it four or five times this year but, if I get above 90, that makes it worth using.

It's not all about China: Matthew Mitchum of Australia is also standing in Daley's way

It's not all about China: Matthew Mitchum of Australia is also standing in Daley's way

'This year is the first year I have been comfortable with all my dives in competition.'

He will have to dive better than he did last night if he is to achieve that. After five of his six dives in the preliminary round, he was languishing in 16th place with only the top 18 qualifying for today's sem-final.

Another man standing between Daley and a medal is the current Olympic champion, Matthew Mitcham.

The Australian deserved huge praise for keeping the Chinese off the top of the podium in the event at their home Games in Beijing four years ago but he has struggled since.

Injuries have meant he has not made as much impact on the diving circuit as he would have wanted since 2008.

He is certainly determined to be noticed, though, criticising Daley for doing too much media work earlier this year, scaling the giant Olympic rings outside the Athletes' Village a few days before the Games and promising to dive naked off the 10m board if he successfully defends his title.

Daley's ever-increasing teenage fan base will be hoping he makes the same promise.

London 2012 Olympics diving: Monique Gladding and Stacie Powell fail to make platform final

Heartbreak for Gladding and Powell as Brit duo fail to make platform final

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20:42 GMT, 8 August 2012

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Monique Gladding and Stacie Powell failed to get past the opening round of the women's platform at the Aquatics Centre.

The British pair had designs on a place in Thursday night's final but below-par performances meant they were agonisingly left in the two places below the 18-diver cut-off.

Pain game: Britain's Monique Gladding failed to reach the women's 10m platform diving final

Pain game: Britain's Monique Gladding failed to reach the women's 10m platform diving final

All over: Gladding had hope to be in with a shout for Thursday's final

All over: Gladding had hope to be in with a shout for Thursday's final

Powell, who did reach the semi-final in Beijing, was in trouble once she bombed her second dive which drew scores as low as three.

Gladding was far more solid, with only fours for her penultimate back two-and-a-half somersault costing her as she finished just a place outside the cut in 19th, but still 6.65 points adrift.

Disappointment: Stacie Powell joined Gladding in an early exit at the Aquatics Centre

Disappointment: Stacie Powell joined Gladding in an early exit at the Aquatics Centre

London 2012 Olympics: Tom Daley urged to ditch Twitter after teenager reprimanded over threats

Daley urged to ditch Twitter after youth reprimanded by police over vile threats

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19:24 GMT, 31 July 2012

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A 17-year-old youth arrested after a
malicious tweet was sent to Olympic diver Tom Daley has been issued with
a harassment warning.

Dorset police said the teenager was bailed pending an investigation into other communications on his Twitter account.

He was detained at a guesthouse in Weymouth hours after 18-year-old Daley received messages on the social networking site.

Daley and his Team GB diving partner
Pete Waterfield missed out on a medal on Monday when they finished
fourth in the men's synchronised 10-metre platform diving event at the
Olympics.

Annoyed: Tom Daley hit out at the Twitter troll

Annoyed: Tom Daley hit out at the Twitter troll

Shortly afterwards, Daley retweeted a message from a user which said: 'You let your dad down i hope you know that.'

Daley responded by tweeting: 'After giving it my all… you get idiots sending me this…'

Daley's father Rob died last year from brain cancer.

Tom Daley was set to be urged to take a break from Twitter after receiving malicious messages.

Edged out: Daley and partner Peter Waterfield finished in fourth

Edged out: Daley and partner Peter Waterfield finished in fourth

British Olympic Association chef de
mission Andy Hunt said Daley needed to make a decision over his use of
the social-network website.

Daley – who Hunt claimed received
50,000 tweets on the day of Friday's opening ceremony of London 2012 –
will be advised to keep off Twitter two days before he competes in the
individual version of his event on August 10.

Asked if the 18-year-old needed to
stay away from the website from now until then, Hunt said today: 'That
is absolutely something that the coaching team will discuss with Tom.

'They need to make the decision based on what they've experienced over the past 24 hours.

'Everyone knows if you use social media extensively, you have to accept you get bad as well as good.

'Sometimes bad is wholly unacceptable, as we experienced last night, and that's been dealt with by the relevant authorities.'

Sorry: Waterfield (right) apologised to Daley after a bad dive

Sorry: Waterfield (right) apologised to Daley after a bad dive

Too much: The pair made it too hard for themselves on the last dive

Too much: The pair made it too hard for themselves on the last dive

An apparent apology to Daley followed
from @Rileyy-69 last night but it has been alleged he later posted an
expletive-laden rant including a threat to 'drown' Daley.

Hunt branded the @Rileyy-69 tweets –
which the BOA said they had Twitter delete – as 'a threat' but insisted
Daley had not been affected by them.

'I've met this morning with Tom's coach and some of his other support staff,' Hunt added.

'Tom isn't affected by it and the team are absolutely focused on getting ready for the next round of competition.'

Daley's synchro partner Peter Waterfield tweeted this morning: 'For all
the haters out there, come do what we do then have ur say, Infact
achieve what we do, low life pr”ck! Until then shut ur mouth! Tom done
great it was my fault.'

Daley's close friend and Team GB diving team-mate Tonia Couch refused to
be drawn on whether the teenager should curtail his use of
Twitter.

Disappointment: The duo leave the pool afterwards

Disappointment: The duo leave the pool afterwards

Couch, who also failed to win a medal in the women's synchro this
afternoon in front of the watching Daley, said: 'Tom's a strong boy.

'He can concentrate on what he needs to do and, at the end of the day, Twitter's Twitter.

'You don't need to look at it if you don't want to.'

Asked what she made of the abuse Daley had suffered, Couch added: 'Not much really, neither has Tom.

'We're just concentrating on the Olympics. That's what we're here to do.'

Despite the abuse of Daley and the expulsion of two athletes from London
2012 for sending offensive tweets, Hunt insisted the BOA did not need
to review their social-network guidelines.

They have largely left it up to individual sports and athletes when and
how often they tweet, revealing today the women's water polo team had
elected for a blanket ban, while hockey had a three-hour blackout around
match time.

Hunt added: 'We always said two year ago this was going to be the Twitter Games.'

Deputy Mayor of the Olympic Village Duncan Goodhew, a gold and bronze
medallist in swimming at the Moscow Olympics in 1980, described the
behaviour of the Twitter troll as 'appalling'.

London 2012 Olympics: Tom Daley Twitter troll arrested

Daley Twitter troll arrested after global campaign in the wake of Olympic agony

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07:34 GMT, 31 July 2012

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A 17-year-old has been arrested in Weymouth after malicious tweets were sent to Olympic diver Tom Daley on Monday.

Dorset Police said the teenager was held at a guesthouse hours after 18-year-old Daley received the messages on social networking site Twitter.

A police spokeswoman said: 'A 17-year-old man was arrested by Dorset Police officers in the early hours this morning at a guesthouse in the Weymouth area on suspicion of malicious communications. He is currently helping police with their inquiries.'

Daley and his Team GB diving partner
Pete Waterfield missed out on a medal when they finished fourth in the
men's synchronised 10m platform diving event at the Olympics.

Shortly afterwards, Daley retweeted a
message from user Rileyy69 which said: 'You let your dad down i hope you
know that.' Daley responded by tweeting: 'After giving it my all… you
get idiots sending me this…'

Annoyed: Tom Daley hit out at the Twitter troll

Annoyed: Tom Daley hit out at the Twitter troll

The Olympian's father Rob died last year from brain cancer.

Speaking before the Olympics, Daley revealed that his father 'gave me all the inspiration that I've needed'.

The teenager, from Plymouth in Devon, told the BBC: 'Winning a medal would make all the struggles that I've had worthwhile. It's been my dream since a very young age to compete at an Olympics.

'I'm doing it for myself and my dad. It was both our dreams from a very young age. I always wanted to do it and Dad was so supportive of everything. It would make it extra special to do it for him.'

When news of the insensitive tweet spread, Rileyy69 attempted to apologise.

Edged out: Daley and partner Peter Waterfield finished in fourth

Edged out: Daley and partner Peter Waterfield finished in fourth

He tweeted: '@TomDaley1994 I'm sorry
mate i just wanted you to win cause its the olympics I'm just annoyed we
didn't win I'm sorry tom accept my apology.'

He later added: 'please i don't want
to be hated I'm just sorry you didn't win i was rooting for you pal to
do britain all proud just so upset.'

Deputy Mayor of the Olympic Village
Duncan Goodhew, a gold and bronze medallist in swimming at the Moscow
Olympics in 1980, described the behaviour of the Twitter troll as
'appalling'.

'It is appalling that people behave
that way. Becky Adlington, in fact, suffered probably far worse abuse,
as well, if you remember the kerfuffle some years ago,' he told ITV's
Daybreak.

'I suppose that social media in one
sense is fantastic, but turned the wrong way round it is very, very
personal and it destroys people's lives. So I think people should be
much more careful about what they say.'

Sorry: Waterfield (right) apologised to Daley after a bad dive

Sorry: Waterfield (right) apologised to Daley after a bad dive

Too much: The pair made it too hard for themselves on the last dive

Too much: The pair made it too hard for themselves on the last dive


Disappointment: The duo leave the pool afterwards

Disappointment: The duo leave the pool afterwards

London 2012 Olympics: Tom Daley starts diving

Daley ready for the pool party as Brit takes centre stage with Waterfield

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21:30 GMT, 29 July 2012

Olympics 2012

Tom Daley has already done the maths, but on Monday afternoon he and partner Pete Waterfield will see if the numbers add up to an Olympic medal on home soil.

Daley, who achieved A grades in his maths ‘A’ level modules earlier this year, knows there is a ‘three in eight chance’ of standing on the podium with Waterfield after the men’s 10m platform synchronised finals, which start at 3pm.

The challenge for the pair is blocking out everything else and concentrating solely on their own performance. A repeat of the British record they achieved at the national diving championships in Sheffield in June would do nicely.

Quest for gold: Tom Daley (left) and that synchro partner Peter Waterfield take to the board on Monday

Quest for gold: Tom Daley (left) and that synchro partner Peter Waterfield take to the board on Monday

‘It is such an “on the day” sport,’ said Daley, ‘but statistically it is a three in eight chance of winning a medal in synchro. We have already qualified for the final so it is just about doing a good score.

‘The score we got at the nationals, 475.77, is a big score but you never know what is going to happen with the other divers. They might step up or they might not like the Olympic pressure.

‘I quite like pressure and it gives me that extra adrenaline and will to do it, but then the Chinese (Yuan Cao, 17, and Yanquan Zhang, 18) have been known not to do so well under pressure.

‘It is about going out there, not worrying what anyone else is doing and focusing on your performance.

‘If you hold your nerve and dive consistently then you are going to do well. If you start worrying about what anyone else is doing and you start looking at other people, watching them, seeing what they are doing, then that is when it can start going wrong.’

In sync lads Daley and Waterfield will compete in the men's synchro diving

In sync lads Daley and Waterfield will compete in the men's synchro diving

Daley’s coach, Andy Banks, is confident the 18-year-old ‘can compartmentalise his life’, even though his second Olympic Games comes only 14 months after the death of his father, Rob.

Four-time Olympic diving gold medallist Greg Louganis, the Californian who won two titles at his home Games in Los Angeles in 1984, also believes Daley will use the partisan crowd as an ‘inspiration’.

‘Stranger things have happened than Tom Daley winning the Olympic gold,’ Louganis, now 52 and an advisor to the US diving team, told Sportsmail.

‘Home advantage is all in the interpretation. When you go into the auditorium you feel something and if you interpret it as pressure you’re more apt to implode. But if you interpret that as energy it can inspire you to be more than you ever dreamed you could be.

Stiff competition: Daley and Waterfield must overcome China's Cao Yuan (top) and Zhang Yanquan

Stiff competition: Daley and Waterfield must overcome China's Cao Yuan (top) and Zhang Yanquan

‘When you’re at home you’re more likely to use it as inspiration — and I think Tom will do that. You’ve just got to let it go because you don’t want to have any regrets.’

Louganis, who as a 16-year-old won silver at his first Olympics at Montreal in 1976, praised not only Daley’s diving, but the Briton’s composure away from the pool.

‘I’ve met Tom and he’s a great kid,’ he said. ‘I’m very impressed with his diving, but I’m more impressed with him as a person; a young person making his way.

‘I think he’s in a better position than I was in Montreal. I think he’s more aware. I went there aged 16 and wasn’t expected to do well. He’s been on the world stage.

‘That was my introduction. It was totally foreign, but he’s been there. I think he’s got some pretty solid foundations under him.’

Over the last few weeks Daley has seemed particularly eager to emphasise this is not his first Olympic Games. He knows what to expect now and, in 31-year-old Waterfield, has an experienced partner.

Daley has another chance at glory in the individual 10m platform, which starts a week on Friday, but thinks a medal in the synchronised event would be ‘just as special’.

He added: ‘Going into the Olympics (in Beijing) it was the biggest thing I have done. It was my dream to go there and to come seventh in the individual event at 14 was a massive achievement for me.

‘But this year is the first where I have kind of been comfortable with all my dives in competition. The bar has definitely been raised by me. I have become more consistent.

‘I know I have been training as hard as I can, in synchro with Pete and individually.

‘I haven’t missed any training sessions and have been working really hard. Hopefully the results will pay off.’

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Diving

London 2012 Olympics: Tom Daley diving for gold

Forget silver – I'm diving for the gold, insists poster boy Daley

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01:54 GMT, 28 July 2012

Olympics 2012

Tom Daley has insisted he is not competing for second place at London 2012 because China — who won all 10 gold diving gold medals at last year’s World Championships — are beatable.

The British diver recently described Qui Bo, who took his 10-metre platform world title last year, as a ‘robot’, but yesterday declared the Chinese dream machine can be stopped in London.

The Briton said: ‘Normally in diving, silver is gold, because the Chinese dominate everything, but you never know what can happen in an Olympic Games.

On the edge of glory: Tom Daley is going for gold at the Olympics

On the edge of glory: Tom Daley is going for gold at the Olympics

The psychology of diving

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Getting it right: Daley practices his routine

Getting in shape: Daley goes through the motions

Getting in shape: Daley goes through the motions

Making a splash: Daley gets out of the pool at the Aquatics Centre

Making a splash: Daley gets out of the pool at the Aquatics Centre

The Chinese excelled four years ago at their home Games in Beijing — where their clean sweep was only disrupted by Australian Matthew Mitcham’s gold in the 10m platform — and again last year at the World Championships in Shanghai.

Daley, though, seemed relaxed about the anticipation surrounding the performance of London 2012’s poster boy, adding it would be ‘extra special’ if he could ‘do well’, 14 months after his father, Rob, passed away aged 40 following a battle with brain cancer.

Snap happy: Daley waits as British team-mate Tonia Couch lines up her camera

Snap happy: Daley waits as British team-mate Tonia Couch lines up her camera

Daley said: ‘People say, “Oh go on, go and get the gold” like it’s the easiest thing. You’re just going to walk into the pool and come back with a gold medal round your neck. Any athlete will tell you it’s not that easy.

‘But it’s just how you deal with pressure; whether you’re used to that and how you’re going to perform on the day. I like pressure going into competition and I’m used to it. In theory, it should bring out the best in you.’

After competing with Waterfield, Daley must wait until August 10 to take on Qui Bo, 19, and Yue Lin, 21, in the individual event. He will ‘get away from the hype’ for five or six days by training in Southend, where the 12-strong British diving team have spent the last fortnight.

The move was the idea of British Diving performance director Alexei Evangulov’s, a man with whom Daley has not always seen eye to eye.

In February the Russian questioned the diver’s ambition, saying the Chinese trained ‘three times harder’ and likening Daley to Anna Kournikova, an athlete who achieved more fame on the pages of glossy magazines than on the tennis court.

But there was little sign of unease between the pair yesterday, with Daley at pains to praise Evangulov’s approach, which included allowing the 2009 world champion to attend last night’s opening ceremony.

Evangulov said he was surprised by the reaction to his comments and added: ‘It was about personality. Tom had this great personality, but if you have only personality it’s not enough to be a great athlete. Actually, he works hard and trains very hard. I’m a greedy person. I need more. I’m just very tough and demanding, that’s it.’

Demanding enough to upset the Chinese dream team We shall see.