Team GB gold medallist in the men’s diving 10m synchro Tom Daley has sensationally revealed how an injury meant he almost didn’t make it to the games.
He said: “In June I tore my meniscus and underwent knee surgery.
“There was a chance that I wasn’t actually going to be able to be here in the first place. I had to get it removed at the beginning of June.
“There was a lot of visualisation, a lot of trust in my experience and the process of getting back. They said it would be 4-6 weeks and it was six weeks by the time we left.
“I am just extremely happy and thankful for all the physios and doctors, strength coach, my coach for making it possible that we could even dive today.
“It was something that apparently had been there for a while. It was just the fact that my meniscus, it flipped up and got stuck in my joint.
“I couldn’t straighten my leg. It was locked in this position, so I couldn’t walk or do anything.
“So it was either surgery – they explained the risks – but it’s either I can’t walk or surgery so I had to risk it.”