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Tom Daley relocates to London

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Olympic Bronze medalist focuses on 2016 Olympics (©GettyImages)
Olympic Bronze medalist focuses on 2016 Olympics (©GettyImages).

Olympic bronze medalist Tom Daley will focus his attention on Rio 2016 as he moves to London to continue his training.

Daley dived in London during the 2012 Olympics, where he achieved a third-placed finish, and will now by training at the same pool where this happened.

The 19-year-old is also the former World Champion of the 10 metre platform and a previous double European champion.

Daley has won the Junior British Championships on his own four times including three years in a row between 2005-2007. He then went higher winning two gold medals at the 2012 Junior World Championships in Adelaide.

The London Aquatics Centre at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will be Daley's new home from the spring 2014.

The young diver moves from the Plymouth Life Centre and his coach Andy Banks to join up with Jane Figueiredo for the next stage of his career.

Daley said in a statement: "Plymouth will obviously always be my home but after thinking long and hard about my future in diving, I have decided that a change will be beneficial to my development.

“I have my sights firmly set on Rio 2016, and I’m looking forward to starting the next chapter in my diving career in London. I have some great memories at that pool.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Andy for all his help over the years. He has been pivotal to my achievements and I wouldn’t be the diver I am today without his continued dedication and support. I know we will keep in close contact and I know he will always be there for me.

“I also want to thank everyone at the Life Centre and the Council for their support over the years. I will obviously miss everyone at Plymouth Diving but will look forward to the trips home.”

 Banks said: "It has been a pleasure and a privilege to coach Tom since he was just eight years old.

“I fully understand and support Tom’s move to train in London. The facilities there are excellent and I have known Jane for years and know she will do a great job."

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