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Exclusive: Tom Daley hopes London move means gold in Rio

Daley is heading back to London.
Daley is heading back to London..

Tom Daley hopes the decision to uproot himself from Plymouth and move to London will enhance his prospects of achieving his ambition of winning gold at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The 19-year-old diver announced a change of both training venue and coach last week with Daley now set to base himself at the aquatics centre in Stratford's Olympic Park and Jane Figueiredo to oversee his progress.

It is a dual adjustment that Daley believes provides him with a strong platform from which to build towards even greater success than he achieved at the home games of 2012.

"It feels like it's the right time to move," Daley told GiveMeSport. "Change can often be beneficial for athletes, especially at this time in an Olympic cycle."

Daley cites the 'connection' he has already established with his new coach as reason to make him optimistic that gold is an achievable objective in Brazil, and he will certainly be targeting top honours in 2016.

"It's great to have a new set of eyes looking at my diving," Daley added.

"It will take a bit of time to settle into the new training schedule, but Jane and I have a great connection. There's a great energy."

When asked by GiveMeSport specifically about clinching an Olympic gold, Daley said: "Absolutely. Jane and I are going to be working hard to make sure I have a programme that gives me the best opportunity to win gold at Rio. Lots of work in the gym, dry dive and pool."

Daley, of course, already knows how it feels to win an Olympic medal and he hopes training at the pool where he secured bronze will spur him onto yet more glory in the next games.

"The Olympic pool has fantastic facilities and brings back great memories," he explained. "Winning a bronze medal in front of a home crowd was an unforgettable experience."

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