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Aldridge & Daley lay down marker

Tom Daley and Blake Aldridge
Daley and Aldridge win gold at Sheffield (Getty Images)

After winning synchro gold at the Diving World series in Sheffield, Blake Aldridge and Tom Daley are now setting their sights on the Beijing Olympics.

Aldridge, 26, told BBC London 94.9: "This proves that Thomas and I are a force on the world stage.

"There's no reason why we can't go to the Olympics and win a medal," he said.

Aldridge, who learned to dive at the age of five, is awaiting confirmation that he and Daley will be the Great Britain synchro team in Beijing.

Fellow British duo Peter Waterfield and Leon Taylor are also hopeful they could qualify and there may be an eliminator at the Olympic trials in Leeds on 21-22 June. But Aldridge admits the delay in receiving confirmation of their place has been agonising.

"It's quite hard to deal," said Aldridge.

"But what we've done at the weekend in front of the home crowd in Sheffield at the world series make it easy to believe that it will be us that will be going on to Beijing."

Daley, 14, has already qualified in the individual event and will become Britain's second youngest male Olympian after qualifying in the 10m dive competition at the Fina diving World Cup in February.

But as a duo Aldridge and Daley have laid down a marker in beating many of the pairs that they may well be facing on the board in Beijing in just over 10 weeks time.


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