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Tom Daley picks up medals at diving championships in Russia

Nick Duffy August 3, 2015

Tom Daley is celebrated his victory at the Diving World Championships in Russia – after picking up two medals.

The British Olympic diver headed to Kazan, Russia for the World Championships this week – where he competed in the men’s 10m platform event.

The out diver headed to Russia despite the country’s anti-gay laws, which bans all ‘propaganda of non-traditional sexual orientations’.

He recovered from the a difficult start – trailing in ninth place after two rounds – to cement a position in the top three.

The diver had already secured a place for Team GB at the Olympics by qualifying for the final – but earned a firm position on the podium with a total score of 537.95.

Daley said: “I’m really happy with that bronze because I did make it as hard as possible for myself.”

He picked up a bronze medal at the event, celebrating with his coach Jane Figueiredo.

It was his second medal of the event – picking up a gold medal in the mixed team event last week, alongside diving partner Rebecca Gallantree.

Daley’s boyfriend Dustin Lance Black expressed his support online, saying: “MAKE THAT TWO IN #RUSSIA! Two medals in one World Championship and 2016 Olympic Qualified. So proud of both Tom Daley and his coach.”

Speaking to PinkNews last month, Daley weighed in on rumours he would be stepping away from the sport after the Olympics next year.

He said: “I’m definitely going to take a little bit of time off – after four years, that’s a long slog.

“I’m probably going to go on holiday for a bit. Cheesecake will definitely be on the menu, and ice cream probably. We’ll see how it goes!”

More: championships, diving, Europe, FINA, olympics, Russia, Russia, sport, tom daley, World, world diving championships

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