Bronze boy Daley aiming even higher with Rio Olympics in his sights
10:14 GMT, 12 August 2012
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Tom Daley has set his sights on Olympic glory in Rio de Janeiro after securing bronze in the 10 metre diving on Saturday night.
The 18-year-old led the field going into the final dive but was overtaken by eventual champion David Boudia of the USA and China's Qiu Bo.
But far from being disappointed, Daley was overjoyed by his achievement, which came after he failed to finish on the podium in the 10m synchro with Pete Waterfield.
Achievement: Tom Daley earned his bronze medal on Saturday night
'I'm over the moon with the way it all went,' he told Radio 5 Live. 'To finally have something to show for all the hard work, dedication and sacrifices I've had to make – it feels so good to have a medal right now.
'It was an amazing moment after all the things I've been through. All the hard work and all the things I've done… along with my dad. I wish he was there to see it but I know he'd be proud of what I've done.'
And Daley, who only qualified through the preliminary round in 15th place, believes his best is yet to come.
'Most people peak in diving at about 22, that's just in time for the Rio Olympics so that'll hopefully be my performance peak,' he said. 'I've got four more years, it's about building strength, building consistency and getting even better.'
Aims: The youngster wants to do even better in Rio
Daley dedicated his first Olympic medal to his late father Robert after a dramatic and controversial final.
While American David Boudia snatched
gold from the Qiu Bo, the swell of emotion inside the Aquatics Centre
centred on home-favourite Daley.
The 18-year-old had led going into the final dive, with Boudia and Qiu deadlocked just 0.15 points behind.
Daley managed a single score of 10 for his final back dive, but when Boudia and then Qiu both nailed more difficult leaps he was relegated to third.
The Plymouth diver hardly cared though as he jumped into the pool, with his team-mates and coaches, to celebrate a success overwhelming for his family tragedy.
Daley was at the bedside of his father at their family home in Plymouth last May when he lost his long battle with brain cancer aged 40.
Robert Daley had been a constant at poolside during his son's career and had pledged to battle the disease for long enough to see him compete in London.
Celebration: Daley and his coaches made a splash after the event
'I dedicate this medal one for my dad,' he said.
'After losing my dad and all the tough times – it's about time my family had some good news.
'It's really tough not having him here, but I'm so happy for the fact that all the hard work we put in together, all the ups and downs, I know if he was here he'd be very proud.
'I wish he was here to be honest, but I know he's not. To make up for it all my family and friends are here.
'All the lessons in life he's taught me. It's been tough but I've come out the other side and have something to show for it.
'Although it's a bronze medal for me it's a gold medal.
'It's a symbol of all the effort I've had to put in. All the pressure that I've had on me going into this competition has been overwhelming to say the least.'