Great Britain’s Tom Daley won a bronze medal in diving in the men’s 10-meter platform Saturday. Team USA’s David Boudia brought home the gold, and China’s Qiu Bo — who was the favorite to take the top prize — won the silver.
Bo dominated the preliminary round, coming in first with a score of 563.70. Boudia came up short at 18th, earning a 439.15, while Daley came in 15th with a 448.45.
Daley just missed winning a medal in the 10-meter synchronized dive with his partner Peter Waterfield. The pair were in first place until their fourth dive, when Waterfield over-rotated and Daley kicked too high. They finished in fourth place.
The 18-year-old has been under a tremendous amount of stress and pressure. His father died last year from brain cancer, and a Twitter troll sent the young Olympian a tweet that read, “You let your dad down i hope you know that” after he failed to win the synchronized medal. The user also told Daley that he had a gun license for shooting birds and was going to shoot Daley as well. The individual has since been arrested.
Daley also suffered an injury earlier this year — his partner Waterfield also sustained an injury, causing him to pull out of the European Championship in May — which may have had an impact on his form. However, four months after his injury, Daley received a score of 565.05 — his personal best — when he won the European title. In Saturday’s dive, he scored a 556.95. Boudia scored 568.65, and Bo scored 566.85.
Daley impressed with his fourth dive, which had a difficulty rating of 3.7. He excelled, however, earning a 98.05. For his fifth dive, he nailed a backwards three and a half somersault to earn a score of 97.20. With a difficulty rating of 3.3, Tom Daley’s final dive earned him a 90.75.