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Britain's tennager Daley wins men's 10m platform

2009-07-21 22:10:02 GMT2009-07-22 06:10:02 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Gold medallist Thomas Daley of Britain bites his medal on the podium after winning the men's 10m platform diving final at the World Championships in Rome. (Xinhua Photo)

Thomas Daley of the United Kingdom (L), 15 years old, gestures during the awarding ceremony after the final of men's 10m platform diving of the 13th FINA World Championships in Rome, July 21, 2009. (Xinhua Photo)

Thomas Daley of the United Kingdom (C), 15 years old, shows his gold medal during the awarding ceremony after the final of men's 10m platform diving of the 13th FINA World Championships in Rome, July 21, 2009. (Xinhua Photo)

Thomas Daley of the United Kingdom competes in the final of men's 10m platform diving of the 13th FINA World Championships in Rome, July 21, 2009. Thomas Daley claimed the gold medal by scoring 539.85. (Xinhua Photo)

ROME, July 21 (Xinhua) -- Tom Daley became Britain's first individual world diving champion when he claimed the 10-meter platform title at the world championships here on Tuesday.

Daley's score of 539.85 points saw him overhaul Chinese pair Qui Bo and Zhou Luxin to claim the title.

"Today was never the day when I thought I would become world champion. I woke up and thought just go out and enjoy it.

"To come away with a gold medal was unthinkable. It still hasn't sunk in. It makes all the sacrifices worthwhile.

Of the final two rounds, which saw him awarded a total of eight 10s, Daley added: "Those two are my favorite dives and that is why I leave them until last because I know under pressure I can do them well.

"I really thought they were going to catch up because they only needed seven and a halves and eights and for them not to get it is just crazy."

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