Tom Daley took the lead after the second round but Chinese duo Cao Yuan and Yang Jian fought back as the Team GB star settled for bronze, marking his fourth medal at the Olympic Games
Team GB icon Tom Daley won his second medal of Tokyo 2020 with a brilliant performance to clinch bronze in the men’s 10m platform final.
Daley registered a formidable score of 98.60 in his first dive and overtook Cao Yuan of China after the second round by posting 91.20.
The 27-year-old – who triumphed in the 10m synchro earlier in the Games – then delivered his ‘firework’ dive to earn another impressive score of 91.80 and keep his nose in front.
But Daley’s alignment was slightly awry in his fourth effort and he slipped to third behind Yuan and his compatriot Yang Jian.
Daley roared back to form with scores of 94.35 in his fifth dive and 91.80 in his sixth, but he was unable to topple Yuan and world-champion Jian, who won gold and silver respectively.
Although he could not clinch a second gold medal, Daley can be hugely proud of his performances at Tokyo 2020, which come 13 years after he made his Olympics debut as a 14-year-old at Beijing 2008.
The Plymouth native won bronze in the 10m platform at London 2012 and 10m synchro at Rio 2016, but he failed to reach the platform final in Brazil.
Daley bounced back from his Rio disappointment to earn his first taste of Olympic gold alongside Matty Lee in the 10m synchronised diving.
Cheered on by husband Dustin Lance Black and son Robbie watching at home, Daley added to that triumph with another medal which caps a brilliant Tokyo 2020 for Team GB in the aquatics centre.
“I honestly am so happy that this Olympics has gone the way it has,” he told BBC Sport of his gold and bronze-winning heroics.
“I feel like a different athlete. Back at the end of May I tore my meniscus and had knee surgery – I didn’t know if I would make these games!
“If someone told me I would win a gold and a bronze, I probably would have laughed in their face!”
On what the future holds, Daley declared: “I’m going to have a bit of a break, a couple of margaritas! I feel like 2018 was my down year, but now I’m on my way back up and my body is feeling good… so we’ll see!”
Daley’s bronze on Sunday morning came after Galal Yafai won Team GB’s first Tokyo 2020 gold in the boxing ring by defeating featherweight opponent Carlo Paalam.
“I have trained hard, given it everything,” Yafai told BBC Sport after his victory. “It shows if you do that you can get the rewards. I’m Olympic champion and I’m over the moon.
“I’d like to thank everyone who has supported me, it’s overwhelming.”