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Tom Daley undergoing therapy for terror dive after disappointing competition at London Aquatics Centre

18:22 28 April 2014

Tom Daley said he is undergoing therapy to combat his fear of a certain dive. Pic: John Walton/PA

Tom Daley said he is undergoing therapy to combat his fear of a certain dive. Pic: John Walton/PA

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Tom Daley has revealed he is undergoing therapy to try and eradicate the issue with his twist dive, describing it as a “phobia”.

The back two-and-a-half somersault with a two-and-a-half twist once again proved problematic for the 19-year-old at the FINA/NVC Diving World Series last weekend.

Following his fifth-placed finish Daley admitted he was struggling to overcome the fear of performing the dive.

“The scale of this issue is massive,” he said. “I’m going under different types of therapy.

“It is almost trauma therapy – to get myself to process the things that have gone wrong on it to get it to a stage where I can forget about it and feel positive about it.

“I am literally terrified of it. I suppose you could call it a phobia and I don’t know what my heart rate is when I go up there and do it but it’s definitely above 180, something ridiculous, because it is so terrifying.”

Having scored just 61.20 on his least favourite dive, Daley all but put paid to his chance of a medal at the London Aquatics Centre competition and ended the final 24.10 off the bronze medal position.

He will now miss the next leg of the World Series in Moscow to work closely with coach Jane Figueiredo and is looking to replace the dive in his repertoire.

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