• August 4, 2021

Exclusive: When is Tom Daley competing at the Tokyo Olympics? Date and UK start time as diving star eyes glory in Japan

 Exclusive: When is Tom Daley competing at the Tokyo Olympics? Date and UK start time as diving star eyes glory in Japan

Tom Daley already has two Olympic bronze medals to his name but will now be looking to add gold to his collection when he competes at the Tokyo Games.

Diving star Daley came third in London and Rio and is desperate to do even better this summer.

Rio 2016: Tom Daley and Daniel Goodfellow clinch bronze for Team GB in the diving

Daley will be in action at the Tokyo Olympics this summer

The 27-year-old will be competing in the individual 10m platform and the synchro 10m platform, both of which he has a host of medals in at World, European and Commonwealth level.

Now, in what will likely be his last Olympics, he is eyeing glory but will be up against the might of China once again.

Daley is one of the most well-known stars of Team GB and all eyes will be on the pool when he takes to the high board.

Tom Daley: When is he competing?

Daley’s main event, the individual 10m platform, is the last event in the diving programme in Tokyo and will take place on Saturday, August 7

He will also be competing in the men’s synchro 10m platform with Matty Lee.

It will be held at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre where the swimming meet and artistic swimming are also taking place throughout the Games.

  • Men’s 10m platform prelims: Friday, August 6, 07:00-09:30 BST
  • Men’s 10m platform semi-final: Saturday, August 7, 02:00-03:40 BST
  • Men’s 10m platform final: Saturday, August 7, 07:00-08:25 BST
  • Men’s synchro 10m platform final: Monday, July 26, 07:00-08:00 BST


16. Tom Daley of Great Britain celebrates finishing third in the Men's 10m Platform Diving Final

Tom Daley will be competing in the individual 10m platform and the synchro 10m platform

Tom Daley: Where can I watch it?

The BBC are showing the Tokyo Olympics in the UK so fans can watch Peaty for free live on BBC One and the BBC iPlayer.   

Eurosport have the main rights for Europe and a stream can be watched through their channels with a paid subscription.

talkSPORT will have regular updates from Tokyo throughout the Games while talkSPORT.com will also bring you all the action and reaction from Japan.

Tom Daley: What has been said?

Daley: “I knew going into Rio that if I’d won the Olympic gold medal it would have been my last dive.

“Now I want to keep going for as long as my body can last, or [until I win] an Olympic gold medal, whichever comes first.

“The pandemic has given me more perspective and in many ways this feels like a bonus year or perhaps a victory lap for something that hasn’t happened yet.

“An Olympic gold is still the dream after all these years.

“But I now know that whatever happens in Tokyo, my world and structure is my family, and that makes me really excited.”

10 Team GB stars who are set to shine in Tokyo

Adam Peaty

Having surged under 57 seconds and set the 20 fastest times in history, Peaty appears a virtual certainty to defend his 100m breaststroke title – more than likely with a new world record into the bargain. Such is the extent of his dominance that his rivals are already resigned to battling it out for silver.

Seonaid McIntosh

The Edinburgh shooter heads to Tokyo as the reigning world number one and 50m prone world champion, and a strong medal bet in the women’s 3×50 rifle event. McIntosh, who will also compete in the 10m air rifle, also won Britain’s first World Cup gold in 2019.

Dina Asher-Smith

Already the fastest British woman in history, Asher-Smith has a habit of rising to the big occasion and she will need to be in the form of her life in Tokyo to see off American Gabby Thomas, who set the second-fastest time in history over 200m at the US trials, and veteran Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who did likewise in the 100m in Kingston.

Pat McCormack

McCormack has proved a class apart from most of his Olympic rivals over this extended cycle and will start as a clear favourite for welterweight boxing gold. His recent win over Russia’s Andrey Zamkovoy – who denied him world gold in 2019 – was a clear sign of his intent to go all the way in the Japanese capital.

Jason and Laura Kenny

History is on the cards for cycling’s golden couple in Tokyo. Laura Kenny sits one behind Dame Katherine Grainger’s five-gold medal haul on the domestic all-time list, while Jason currently boasts seven Olympic medals, one short of Sir Bradley Wiggins’ career tally of eight, with every chance both records will at least be matched.

Max Whitlock

After claiming two extraordinary gold medals in Rio, Whitlock has restricted his focus to his favoured pommel for Tokyo. Despite his recent fall on his return to competition at the European Championships, the 28-year-old will start as favourite – but could be pushed all the way by Ireland’s rising star Rhys McClenaghan.

Sky Brown

Brown, who turns 13 this month, will become Britain’s youngest summer Olympian when she competes in the skateboard park competition. But the young prodigy stands every chance of a medal, having qualified in third place and also claimed a World Championship bronze medal in Sao Paolo in 2019.

Helen Glover

Glover won consecutive rowing gold medals with Heather Stanning in 2012 and 2016 before retiring to start a family. Tempted to launch a return, Glover and her new partner Polly Swann stormed to European gold in April, raising the prospect of a remarkable third medal for the 35-year-old in Japan.

Jade Jones

Jones was a teenager when she won her first Olympic taekwondo gold at London 2012, and followed up her triumph in Rio four years later. Now 28 and also the reigning world champion, Jones is a hot favourite to secure an unprecedented third consecutive Olympic title.

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