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Tom Daley shows off his latest knitting creations — and World Championships physique

British Diver Tom Daley recently took part in the World Aquatic Championships in Doha. It was part of his return to competitive diving and attempts to qualify for the Paris Olympics later this year.

Daley, 29, won gold in the team event and took silver in the men’s 10m synchronized platform alongside partner Noah Williams. The result was enough to secure Great Britain a slot in the same event in Paris. It also makes it highly likely Daley will be selected for the team, although the UK’s governing body has yet to make its formal selection.

Daley is one of the world’s most famous out-athletes. He has spoken out passionately on LGBTQ+ rights, and the challenges he faces competing in countries, such as Doha, where queer people face great discrimination.

He’s also a mental health advocate and has revealed that he took up knitting to help him deal with nerves and anxiety. He says he finds the practice calming.

He’s since developed a sideline in knitting patterns. In a new Instagram reel, he showed off some of his latest creations. He said he made them all during his trip to Doha.

Watch below.

“I had to get resourceful during my time away, as I only had a certain amount of yarn with me!” he said in an accompanying caption. “Hence why some things don’t have sides! But it was fun to play a little bit of yarn chicken when it came to some of the bigger makes!”

Followers were quick to shout out their favorite designs. Many liked the ‘Knight Heart Vest’.

Others indicated they barely noticed the designs, suggesting they were more interested in Daley’s ripped physique.

“Don’t ask me any designs or colors,” quipped TikTokker StanChris.

“Your body looks great!” said someone else, with others agreeing that Daley would look good modeling anything.

A video he posted a few days ago revealed he knitted one of the jumpers on his flight to Doha.


In another video, he showed off his “competition nails”. These included a love heart in rainbow colors, plus the initial ‘P’ and ‘R’. These stand for his sons’ names: “R for Robbie and P for Phoenix to keep them close when I compete ❤️”

If, as expected, Daley is selected to represent his country in Paris, it will be his fifth Olympics.

Daley made his Olympics debut, aged just 14, in 2008 in Beijing. He subsequently won bronze medals in 2012 in London and 2016 in Rio. Alongside then-diving partner Matty Lee, he won the gold medal in the men’s synchronized 10m platform dive in 2021 in Tokyo.

Check out video of him diving in Doho by swiping below.

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