Tom Daley breaks down in tears as he accepts his first Olympic gold medal

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Tom Daley burst into tears as he finally won his first Olympic gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Games.

The 27-year-old, alongside Matty Lee, 23, took home the win for 10m synchonised diving in the early hours of Monday morning.

This is Daley’s fourth time participating in the international event, and his first gold medal.

As he took to the podium, Daley was seen weeping as he received his award, and later on admitted that he “was gone” thanks to the monumental moment.

“To finally have this gold medal around my neck after so many…” he began, before stumbling on his words.

Regaining his composure, he said: "I have been diving for 20 years and this is my fourth Olympics.

"Lots of people would've counted me out of this Olympics being the older person, but I'm in the best shape coming into this competition.

"The way we've been preparing, we've had an unstoppable mentality this year and it's the first time we've really been able to think like that 'we are the ones to beat and they've got to come and get us'.

"I still can't believe what's happening and I didn't think I was going to get here in the first place, but here we are.”

"That moment, about to be announced as Olympic champions and to hear the national anthem play… I was gone,” he said. “I couldn't even sing. I was blubbering. I can't believe it.

"I'm so proud of Matt for holding it together. I felt I was going to crumble at a lot of points but he was in the zone. I felt everything was falling into place."

Sharing his support was Daley’s husband Dustin Lance Black, who shared a video of him screaming with delight as he watched the dive unfold.

He later wrote on Twitter: ”No words! So so many tears! [Tom Daley] you're an OLYMPIC CHAMPION! Congratulations Tom and [Matty Lee]!”

Daley will return to the diving board on Friday, fighting for his next medal in the competition during the 10m solo dive.

Team GB has secured three gold medals in the past 24 hours, placing us fourth in the overall number of medal wins. The team has also earned three silvers and two bronze.

United States is currently on top with 14 wins, including seven golds, followed by China, who has 15 wins but only 6 golds.

Hosting country Japan is third, with 10 medals including six golds.

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