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Tom Daley: timeline of the teenage diving star
Tom Daley in action in Delhi
Tom Daley in action in Delhi in the 2010 Commonwealth Games

Plymouth teenage diving sensation Tom Daley has dived his way to his second Commonwealth gold medal.

BBC Devon has been following Tom's progress since he first burst onto the scene as a young boy.

Now 16, and with European and Commonwealth titles to his name Tom has his sights set on the London 2012 Olympics.

We have brought together a selection of articles showing how he has become an international star.

Use the links below to see how Tom's timeline has developed.

Tom Daley aged 11
Tom began diving when he was eight-years-old

A profile on Tom at the age of 11, when he was already being tipped as one of Britain's best gold medal hopes for London 2012.

Tom, who began diving when he was just eight, said in this interview: "My biggest dream is to get a gold at the 2012 Olympics in front of a home crowd in London.

"It's just everyone's dream when they are a little kid, everyone wants to be an Olympian and get an Olympic gold medal."

The page also contains continues videos and links from 2007 and 2008.

View the pages using the links in bold.

Tom picked up the award after winning the 10m individual title at the 2007 Senior National Championships.

It was the latest in a string of title winning performances Tom had achieved at events around the world.

At the age of just 14, Tom finished 7th in the 10m board final in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Tom always regarded the 2008 Olympics as a learning curve experience towards achieving his main goal - winning gold in London 2012.

This gallery has amazing photos from Getty Images.

In April 2009, Tom Daley revealed he had stopped going to school because he was being bullied.

He said the bullying at Eggbuckland Community College was not "high-level" but "everyone in the school" was doing it.

In June 2009, Tom moved to a private school, Plymouth College.

Tom Daley in action in Rome
Tom Daley making his world title winning dive

Tom stunned the diving world by winning the World and European 10m title in Rome in July 2009 - at the age of 15.

The win led to a celebration parade through Plymouth city centre.

And BBC Spotlight's Natalie Cornah got to spend the day with Tom for a special feature for the BBC Devon website.

And you can watch a video interview where Tom speaks to Natalie after winning the gold medal.

Tom Daley could dominate diving for years to come, according to the man in charge of Britain's divers.

Performance director Alexei Evangulov told BBC Sport his ambitions for Tom ran beyond London 2012.

The Russian believes the teenager is "a genius in diving".

This interview followed Tom's world title winning performance in Rome in July 2009.

Tom picked up the South West Sports Personality of the Year Award at a ceremony in Plymouth in November 2009. The gong was in recognition of his world title performance in Rome.

And the following month, he was named national Young Sports Personality of the Year at the BBC event in Sheffield, capping an amazing year for the 15-year-old.

A portrait of Tom on his favourite Devon beach went on show at one of the country's top art galleries.

It was part of a series of striking new photographic portraits of athletes, politicians and engineers.

The National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012 Project showcased top sport stars and Olympic powerbrokers, including 16-year-old Tom.

Tom won the Commonwealth 10m platform diving title with a narrow victory over Australian Olympic champion Matthew Mitcham.

Tom Daley and Max Brick
Tom Daley and Max Brick dive to Commonwealth synchro gold in Delhi

Tom overcame a triceps injury he sustained in August to win gold with 538.35 points, beating Mitcham by a margin of 29.20.

Posting on his Twitter page shortly after the win he said he was "sooooo happy!".

After his win he spoke to the BBC's Clare Balding, watch the interview here.

Earlier in the week Tom also won the gold medal in the men's 10m synchro at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi with partner Max Brick.

The pair fought off tough competition from an Australian team to claim top spot.

After collecting his medal on 12 October, he spoke to BBC Spotlight's Natalie Cornah about the "amazing experience" - use the link in bold above to watch the film.

Tom's performance was watched at home in Plymouth by his father Rob, who has been undergoing chemotherapy for a brain tumour.

Straight after his winning synchro dive, Tom phoned his dad for a chat.

The BBC produced a TV programme profiling Rob and Tom - view the film here.

Before heading off to the Commonwealth Games, Tom was the subject was a feature in the BBC School Report season, written by students at Plymouth's St Boniface's Catholic College.

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