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Tom Daley claims his first individual World Championship gold in eight years

BBC: Britain’s Tom Daley claimed his first individual World Championship gold for eight years with a stunning victory in the 10m platform final in Budapest.

Daley, eliminated in the semi-finals of the same event at the Rio Olympics last year, dominated the final throughout.

The 23-year-old won with a score of 590.95, ahead of Olympic champion Chen Aisen of China (585.25). Fellow Briton Matty Lee finished 12th.

Earlier, Daley won silver alongside Grace Reid in the mixed 3m springboard.

The pair totalled 308.04 for their five routines with China (323.70) winning gold and Canada (297.72) taking the bronze medal.

Daley, who won his maiden world title at Rome 2009 when he was just 15 years old, led the standings in the 10m event from the first round. He then delivered five further stunning routines to secure gold.

“It’s been such a tough year getting over that competition in Rio,” said Daley.

“Today the Olympic champion was never going to let me have it easy but I wanted to fight until the very end and I really wanted to prove a point.

“I’m just so happy with the way it turned out. My score was a personal best and I think it would have got the gold last year at the Olympics.

“I saw Chen do his dive and all the Chinese divers cheer, so I thought ‘Watch this one. You do that, I’m going to do it better’.

“I went into this weird competitive mode that I’ve never even been in before.”

O M G I am world champion!!! Now time for that long overdue honeymoon @dlanceblack VLOG to come tomorrow guys!!!!

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