Local diver chosen for the olympic games… (Newsround Story)


Teen diver set for Olympic record

Tom Daley
Teen diver Tom Daley is set to become Britain’s youngest ever male Olympian after qualifying in a diving contest.

The 13-year-old took bronze in the 10m synchro event at the Diving World Cup but needed a top-eight finish in the individual stage, and finished seventh.

Tom will be just 14 years and 81 days when the Olympics kick off in Beijing, China, in August.

The diving wonder told the BBC: “I’m absolutely over the moon. I can’t believe I’ve done it.”

“Just going to the Olympic Games is enough but to be the youngest ever male Olympian is absolutely phenomenal.”

Tom Daley in action

In action

Tom will beat the record of another diver, Fred Hodges, who was 15 years and 94 days at the 1936 Berlin Games.

The youngest female British competitor was Margery Hinton, who swam for Britain at the 1928 Olympics aged 13 years and one month.

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

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