Diving: Daley pays tribute to 'brave' father

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Tom Daley has paid tribute to his "incredibly brave" father, who died on Friday night after a long battle with brain cancer. "He died 14 months exactly to the start of the 2012 Olympics," said the 17-year-old diver. "I hope he will be watching and waving his big Union Jack in London from somewhere else. I love you so much Dad."

Father-of-three Robert Daley, 40, who was first diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2006, died peacefully with his family alongside him late on Friday night.

Daley shared a close relationship with his father, who was a familiar figure at poolside during his son's career.

Mr Daley had spoken about his determination to see his son compete at next year's London Olympics, where he is set to be one of the favourites for gold in the 10 metres platform.

Daley added: "My dad was an incredibly brave man, completely dedicated to his family, with a love for all. If I could be half the dad he was, to my children, then that will be an achievement in itself."