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Last Updated: Saturday February 23 2008 13:02 GMT

Teen diver grabs GB Olympic spot

Tom Daley, front, and Blake Aldridge

A 13-year-old has helped Great Britain earn a place in the 2008 Olympics.

Tom Daley and his diving partner Blake Aldridge won a bronze medal in the 10m synchro diving at the World Cup event in China on Friday.

If he comes in the top eight in the individual event he'll qualify for the Games and be the youngest-ever male British Olympian.

Tom will be 14 and 80 days old when the Games begin, so he'll beat the record by over a year.

The previous youngest competitor was fellow diver Fred Hodges, who was 15 years and 94 days when he went to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.

Tom Daley in action
Tom has yet to find out if he will be selected for the 10m synchronised platform diving.

But he said: "We're another step closer to my dream of competing in the Olympics. It's something I've wanted for a long time and hopefully it'll come true this year."

Tom, from Devon, was the 2007 BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year after he became youngest men's national champion.



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