Tom Daley declared ‘mission accomplished’ after qualifying for his fifth Olympics with a silver medal at the World Aquatics Championships on Thursday night.
The 29-year-old and his new partner Noah Williams finished second to Chinese duo Yang Hao and Lian Junjie in the synchronised 10-metre platform in Doha to seal Team GB’s spot in the event at Paris 2024.
It was the first time Daley had competed internationally with Williams, having taken a two-year break from diving following his gold medal at Tokyo 2020 alongside Matty Lee.
And the four-time Olympic medallist said: ‘We’re super happy. I was terrified when I woke up this morning, but once I got into the competition, and being with Noah, I kind of relaxed.
‘We knew that we had to try to qualify a spot for the Olympics, which we succeeded in.
Tom Daley and his new partner Noah Williams claimed silver at World Aquatics Championship
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‘That’s mission accomplished so far. Now it’s about staying fit and healthy to get to the start line. The real work starts now.’
Speaking about their new partnership, Williams, 23, added: ‘We obviously haven’t trained too much together, but I think it has come pretty naturally to both of us.
‘I just try to do my best next to him. He’s obviously a great diver, so the better I dive, we’ll hopefully be able to be pushing for gold.’
Daley only returned to the pool last summer having initially planned to retire following his victory in Tokyo.
‘It started off as one of those silly ideas,’ said Daley, who is a father to two sons, Robbie and Phoenix. ‘And then I thought, “You know what, I’m going to go back to the pool and see how this goes”.
‘It was really tough to get back into it, everything was sore, I’ve had niggles and injuries and had to train really smart.
‘But at the end of the day, it does eventually come back to you, and a lot of it is being able to stay positive and remember what really matters most.
‘I went into this being like, “You know what, no matter what happens, tomorrow I’m going to get to go home and see my babies” – and that’s what matters to me.’