Tom Daley: last Olympic chance for teenage sensation turned crocheter

The diver stepped into the spotlight as a small, smiley youngster and, after 13 tumultuous years, he heads to Tokyo for his fourth Olympics

Tom Daley was only 13 the first time I interviewed him in April 2008. “He is small and smiley,” I wrote, “with flashing braces on his teeth and an engaging way of setting you at ease within minutes of meeting him. He likes playing on the Wii far more than football and, one day, he wouldn’t mind becoming a Blue Peter presenter. In the meantime Daley is the new European diving champion who takes his lucky monkey with him wherever he competes around the world.”

Daley was preparing for his first Olympic Games amid giddy national interest. Thirteen years later, he and his husband are proud parents and Daley is about to compete in his fourth Olympics. He has won two medals, lost a few more, while suffering doubt and grief alongside his emergence as one of the few British sportsmen to have come out publicly.

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Refugee Team’s Kimia Alizadeh stuns GB’s double Olympic champion Jade Jones

  • Jones, 28, suffers shock first-round defeat in taekwondo
  • Briton still has medal lifeline by chance of bronze in repechage

The Refugee Team athlete Kimia Alizadeh caused a stunning shock on the second morning of the Tokyo Games, knocking out Great Britain’s double Olympic taekwondo champion Jade Jones in the first round at Makurahi Hall.

Alizadeh, who became the first Iranian woman to win an Olympic medal when she took bronze at Rio 2016 behind Jones, subsequently left her homeland to train in Germany, a decision which led to a period of inactivity that meant she was not seeded in the women’s -57kg category.

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Aaron Finch set for surgery as West Indies level ODI series with Australia

  • Australia beaten by four wickets by hosts in Barbados
  • Injured Finch out for decider and Bangladesh T20 tour

The ODI cricket series between Australia and West Indies in Barbados will go down to the final match after the hosts levelled the score with a four-wicket win in a low-scoring rescheduled game two in Barbados.

Australia collapsed to 45-6 in the 13th over, but the lower half of the order fought hard to eke out a score of 187 before the innings ended with 17 balls left. No 10 Wes Agar (41 off 36), who equalled his best score in any format, top-scored for Australia.

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Good news for Dusty as another Tiger goes down

Richmond confirmed the champion midfielder checked out of a Gold Coast hospital today after spending nine days in there with the serious injury.The three-time Norm Smith medallist won’t play again this season after copping a heavy blow to the kidney in a collision with Brisbane hard nut Mitch Robinson at Metricon Stadium last round.The Tigers are confident Martin, 30, will make a full recovery before the start of next season although his health and wellbeing is currently the top priority.But in a fresh concern star midfielder Shane Edwards has tweaked his ankle in the first term of the Tigers’ clash against Geelong at an empty MCG.Edwards in his comeback from a separate ankle injury which sidelined him for the past two games.Edwards suffered the fresh ankle issue in a tackle against the Cats and sought medical treatment off the ground.Geelong captain Joel Selwood sustained a corked leg earlier in the first term but came back on.

Japan’s Yuto Horigome wins first ever Olympic gold medal in skateboarding

Japan’s Yuto Horigome has won the first ever skateboarding competition at the Olympic Games, taking gold in men’s street in the city where he learned to skate as a kid and where his sport is often frowned upon.

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Tokyo Olympics: US TV audience for opening ceremony falls to 33-year low

NBC’s broadcast attracts 17 million viewers, a drop of 37% from 2016, when 26.5 million watched Rio opener

NBC’s broadcast of the Tokyo Olympic Games opening ceremony drew 16.7 million viewers, the smallest US television audience for the event in 33 years, according to preliminary data.

Friday’s audience reflects a steep drop, despite difficult comparisons with previous opening ceremonies, when viewers had fewer streaming options.

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