Tom Daley reveals he was hospitalised with Covid before Olympic gold medal win

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Tom Daley has candidly revealed he was hospitalised with coronavirus shorty before the Tokyo Olympics.

The 27 year old diver won his first gold medal at the Olympics earlier this year, but his medal winning dreams were almost dashed as he contracted Covid.

Tom was hospitalised with the deadly virus seven months before he travelled to Tokyo to win the medal for team GB.

He began having headaches and dizziness in January, which he put down to a mild concussion in training on New Years Eve.

But then he also began having a number of symptoms including a fever, aches and feeling faint.

A terrified Tom even checked with his husband Dustin Lance Black if he knew what to do incase he stopped breathing.

Tom later tested positive for Covid and was later hospitalised. He was given chest X-rays, which revealed blotches on his lungs.

Olympic diver Tom was then given oxygen and monitored for 10 hours before he was eventually sent home.


Looking back on the ordeal, he told Times Magazine: "“You can’t let your competitors think that they’ve got one up on you. I wanted them to think that I was training as hard as them.

"I spent the first three months of this year not diving, only using the power of visualisation – just imagining myself doing the dives day in, day out."

He now thinks he has a five per cent reduction in his cardiovascular fitness. Tom added: "I would consider myself to be quite a healthy person, but Covid doesn’t discriminate at all."

Despite this Tom went on to bag his first gold medal and a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics later in the year.

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Tom admitted the win still didn't feel real even ten days later. He said: "I think it’ll only start to feel real when I see the people who helped me get there.

"I’ve achieved what I’ve always dreamt of and it’s so surreal [a word he uses nine times in the space of an hour] – being an Olympic champion. It even sounds weird just to say it. I’m just me. I’m just Tom."

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