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‘Proud to be gay and an Olympic champion’ - Tom Daley’s emotional words after brilliant gold

Tom Daley has spoken of his pride following a long-awaited first Olympic gold.

“I feel incredibly proud to say that I am a gay man and also an Olympic champion. When I was younger I didn’t think I’d ever achieve anything because of who I was. To be an Olympic champion now just shows that you can achieve anything.”

Daley was talking minutes after his brilliant synchronised diving win with partner Matty Lee, 13 years after his first Olympics.

“In terms of out athletes, there are more openly out athletes at these Olympic Games than any Olympic Games previously. I came out in 2013 and when I was younger I always felt like the one that was alone and different and didn’t fit. There was something about me that was never going to be as good as what society wanted me to be. I hope that any young LGBT person out there can see that no matter how alone you feel right now, you are not alone. You can achieve anything.”

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