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On This Day: Tom Daley wins European gold

On This Day: Tom Daley wins European gold
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The young Plymouth talent stunned the field in Eindhoven in Holland, winning the 10-metre platform title.

Tom Daley became the new European diving champion aged just 13 on this day in 2008.

The young Plymouth talent stunned the field in Eindhoven in Holland, winning the 10-metre platform title.

Daley qualified for the Beijing Olympics with his victory, admitting afterwards he could not quite fathom the speed of his success.

"If somebody had told me at Christmas I would be a European champion at Easter my answer would have been 'go away'," he said.

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Tom Daley, right, and Max Goodfellow, left, take Bronze at the Rio Olympics in 2016 (Mike Egerton/PA)

"It was a perfect competition for me. If it seems as if I was without nerves I can tell you I have nerves and they were quite tense."

The teen star became the second-youngest male Olympian in British history at the 2008 games.

Daley finished eighth in the 2008 Olympics at the 10m discipline – but would go on to win bronze at the 2012 Games in London.

He also claimed gold at the World Championships in 2009, and again in 2017, to add to further European titles in 2012 and 2016.

Daley also claimed bronze in the 10m synchro alongside Daniel Goodfellow at Rio 2016.

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Tuesday's key events


TRIATHLON
· Team GB trio Vicky Holland, Georgia Taylor-Brown and Jess Learmonth all have realistic medal hopes in the women's event (10.30pm-1am)

RUGBY SEVENS
· After an impressive opening day, Great Britain play their final group game against a Fiji side level with them at the top of the pool, but also yet to hit their brilliant best (1.30am)

TAEKWONDO
· After disappointment for friend and housemate Jade Jones, Bianca Walkden will go for gold in the women's +67kg category (2am-2.30pm)
· Mahama Cho is another medal contender for Team GB in the men's +80kg class (2am-2.30pm)

SWIMMING
· Team GB's Duncan Scott has the chance to claim his first individual Olympic medal in the men's 200m freestyle final. Teammate Tom Dean is also involved. (2.43am)
· Kathleen Dawson is the Team GB representative in the women's 100m backstroke final (2.51am)

DIVING
· Eden Cheng and Lois Toulson will look to emulate Tom Daley and Matty Lee's success in the women's 10m synchro final (7am-8am)

EQUESTRIAN
· Three-time Olympic champion Charlotte Dujardin is part of a Team GB team going for gold in the dressage team Grand Prix final (9.30am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Superstar Simone Biles leads the United States side in the women's team final (11.45am-2.10pm)

FOOTBALL
· Team GB's women's team play their final group game, taking on Canada with qualification for the knockout rounds already secured (12pm)

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