He missed being placed at the synchronized diving event, which was a big disappointment, so his last hope was to qualify from 32 competitors. He had to be within the top 18, but his 5th round dive was a disaster, making him 16th.
Tom felt the nerves he usually copes with so well, as he looked down from the 10 metre platform before his last chance. He managed to pull off a great dive to finish in 15th place, so he just scraped through.
Facing the possibility of defeat, when you are considered to be one of the best, takes a special kind of determination to be able to focus, and get the result needed. These athletes train for 4 years for the opportunity to represent their country, and being able to cope with the pressure makes the difference between winning and losing.
I've really enjoyed these last 2 weeks, watching constant boosts of inspiration, and they have reminded me how important it is to surround yourself with positive messages. You can't help but feel full of hope when you hear how many athletes have suffered serious injuries, but they've battled back to win medals, despite all the pain they've endured.
Interviews with coaches have all confirmed that finding a way to control your mind is the answer to overcoming obstacles. In fact, you create your own obstacles if you don't know how to focus your thoughts.
I hope Tom Daley makes it to the final tomorrow, because he is such a wonderful role model for children growing up in a generation where everything is experienced through the distance of a digital screen.
"What is defeat? Nothing but education; nothing but the first step to something better." - Wendell Phillips
"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." - Winston Churchill