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Last Updated: Monday February 25 2008 16:08 GMT

Boy grabs youngest Olympic place

Tom diving

Thirteen-year-old diver Tom Daly will be the youngest ever boy to compete in the Olympics after an amazing weekend of results.

Tom had to finish in the top eight in the individual event at the World Cup event in China, and he came seventh.

He had already won the bronze in the 10m synchro diving event with his partner Blake Aldridge.

Tom will compete in the Beijing Olympics later this year, and then has hopes for the London Olympics in 2012.

It's Tom's dream to win a gold in the London event in five years' time.

Tom hugs his coach
Tom told the BBC: "I was really nervous, there was lots of pressure on me to try and get into that top eight to get an Olympic place.

"But I just have to block it out of my mind and focus on the dives I've got to do."

'Play Nintendo'

Tom also revealed what his life is like when he isn't diving.

"When I'm not diving I'm just a normal kid. I go out with my friends and I play on the Nintendo Wii with my brothers, everything is just normal. I'm a normal kid really. It's just the fact that I've got to do diving as well."

And he added that he would be glad to be back home because it was costing him a fortune to text his mates while he was in China.

Record

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



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