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Daley ends long wait for gold at Olympics

Tom Daley’s husband already has an impressive prize on display at their house. Now, Daley can add an Olympic gold medal to the collection.

Daley and Matty Lee of Britain narrowly won the 10-meter synchronized diving yesterday at the Tokyo Olympics, upsetting favored China and keeping the diving powerhouse from any chance of a golden sweep.

Daley and Lee totaled 471.81 points in the final.

That edged the Chinese duo of Cao Yuan and Chen Aisen by 1.23 points. Cao and Chen settled for silver with 470.58.

Daley’s American-born husband, Dustin Lance Black, won a screenwriting Oscar in 2008 for “Milk.”

Long the face of British diving, Daley earned his first gold medal in his fourth Olympics partnering with Lee, who is at his first Games.

Daley won bronze in 10m synchro with a different partner five years ago in Rio de Janeiro.

And bronze in individual 10m in 2012 at his hometown London Games.

“I’ve dreamt of having this medal since I started diving 20 years ago,” Daley said.

The Chinese led through the first three rounds.

The Brits took over the lead for good on their fourth dive.

But it was close.

“We had some mistakes that caused us to have low points,” Cao said.

Cao and Chen trailed by only 1.74 points after their fifth dive.

That set the stage for a dramatic finish.


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