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Last Updated: Friday July 31 2009 16:47 GMT

Crowds welcome Tom Daley home

Tom Daley

Tom Daley's welcome home

Thousands of people have lined the streets of Plymouth to welcome home teenage diving sensation Tom Daley.

Tom won gold in the 10m platform dive at the world championships in Rome, becoming Britain's first ever individual diving world champion.

He was driven through the streets of his home town in an open-topped bus, so the crowds could see his medal.

He told the BBC: "It's kind of crazy to think that all my dreams have come true at the age of 15."

"I wouldn't change my life although I've had to put in a lot of hard work since I was seven years old, and since I was 10 I was training full time.

"I enjoy doing what I do - it's something that I love."

Vivien Pengelly, leader of Plymouth City Council, said: "Plymouth is immensely proud of Tom.

"To become world champion at the age of 15 is an incredible achievement and we wanted to do something as a city to recognise that.

"He is a wonderful ambassador not only for his sport and young people, but also for the city."