Tom Daley went on a diet to realise his Olympic dream
Tom Daley has revealed that he lost a stone in weight in order to ensure Olympic medal success.
The 18-year-old diver cut out his two vices, sweets and ice cream, to help him win a bronze medal in the diving on Saturday.
His coach, Alexei Evangulov, who is also the director of British diving, told the young diving superstar that his Chinese competitors were “working three times harder” than him.
In order to stand a chance of winning a medal, Tom was told he would have to take his diet more seriously.
The diver explained to the Daily Mail: “At the beginning of the year he was saying I was fat. When you get to a certain age you can’t get away with eating like a growing kid.
“It got to the stage where I just needed to cut out the sweets, cut out the not so good stuff, and then cut down a little bit on portion size so that I got down to my fighting weight.
“I made sure that I was eating healthy balanced meals, which I was anyway but just cutting out the snacks in between.
“I love ice cream just generally, any flavour, I used to have one every weekend, so that’s the main thing that I had to cut out. It’s worked out for me. I was glad I did it.”
Tom has been competing in international diving championships since the age of 13 and after coming away from Beijing Olympics in 2008 without a medal, he was determined to achieve success in his home country.
Following his well-deserved bronze in the 10m platform diving final, Tom said: “I’ve lost seven and a half kilos (1st 3lb). I can’t wait to go and eat what I like!”
The Plymouth-born diver had put in a strong performance to win bronze, ultimately missing out on a gold medal by the slimmest of margins.
Although he led going into the final round, Tom was beaten into by excellent dives from American David Boudia, who won gold, and silver medallist Qiu Bo from China.
Upon hearing that he had won a medal, Tom and his team jumped into the pool to celebrate, and the diving star later admitted that he went back to the athletes’ village and demolished a whole tub of chocolate ice-cream in celebration.
He certainly deserved it!