clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Openly gay diver Tom Daley wins bronze medal in synchronized diving

New, comments

Daley and Daniel Goodfellow are solid throughout. Chinese duo win gold, Americans take the silver.

Tom Daley, left, and Daniel Goodfellow fall into the Rio pool after winning the bronze.
Tom Daley, left, and Daniel Goodfellow fall into the Rio pool after winning the bronze.
Clive Rose/Getty Images

Tom Daley, an openly gay diver from Britain, won a bronze medal today at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics with teammate Daniel Goodfellow in the men's 10-meter synchronized platform diving.

"Oh my God!" Daley shouted after winning the bronze. As soon as the scores were announced, giving them the bronze, Daley and Goodfellow hugged, then jumped into the pool together. Here are the two right after winning the bronze:

daley bronze

The gold medal was won in a dominating fashion by the Chinese team of Chen Aisen and Lin Yue. Americans David Boudia and Steele Johnson won the silver in a comfortable fashion.

With two dives to go, Daley and Goodfellow led the Ukrainian team of Maksym Dolgov and Oleksandr Gorshkovozov by only .14, but the Ukrainians bombed on their fifth of six dives to fall out of medal contention. Daley and Goodfellow, in contrast, nailed their fifth dive with the second-best score in that round.

The Chinese duo was exceptional throughout, with their fifth dive scoring 14 points higher than any of the other eight teams in the competition. Boudia and Johnson were also superb and were a solid second throughout. Johnson broke down in tears as the scoring from the sixth dive was announced, securing the silver medal.

Daley came out in December 2013 and is now engaged to screenwriter Dustin Lance Black. He is one of 43 out LGBTI athletes competing in Rio.

Images of Daley and Goodfellow from Getty Images:

daley goodfellow2 Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
daley goodfellow3
daley goodfellow