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05 August 2021

Tom Daley reveals Team GB cardigan after week spent knitting in the stands in Tokyo

05 August 2021

After being pictured knitting in the stands in Tokyo across the past week, Olympic champion diver Tom Daley has revealed the fruits of his labour – a Team GB cardigan.

Complete with the Japanese for “Tokyo” on its front, the Team GB and Olympics emblems across its back, and a Union flag on its sleeve, Daley revealed his white woollen handiwork on social media on Thursday.

The 27-year-old, who won gold in the synchronised 10 metres platform last week, shared images of the patriotic apparel on TikTok and his Instagram account madewithlovebytomdaley – which is dedicated to knitting and crochet.

“When I got to Tokyo, I wanted to make something that would remind me of the Olympics to look back on in the future,” he wrote on Instagram.

“I designed a pattern for the colour work that would signify everything about these games!”

Daley added that “since (his) knitting page is gaining momentum” he would like to take the opportunity to call for donations to The Brain Tumour Charity – in memory of his father, who died in 2011.

Daley’s knitting Instagram page had around 100,000 followers at the start of the week but now boasts almost 1 million, after he caught the attention of the cameras at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre knitting his way through the diving events.

Among his other creations at the Tokyo games, Daley has also produced a knitted Union flag pouch for his gold medal – which he earned alongside 23-year-old Matty Lee.

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