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Tom Daley preparing for Rio Olympics with meditation app

Olympic hopeful Tom Daley has revealed he has dived headfirst into using a free app to guide him to Rio glory.

The diving star is meditating using an app on his phone as he prepares for the Olympic Games, which start next week.

Daley won bronze in the 10m platform at London 2012 and, in his quest to top that in Brazil, he has turned to an alternative method for help.

"It's called Headspace. I massively recommend it. Lots of the English Institute of Sport guys are actually using it. It's helped me massively," he said.

"It's mainly focusing on my breathing, being completely in the moment and not getting ahead of myself. Not focusing on things that have been and gone. If I do a bad dive that's in the past, move on. The next dive is a completely separate thing. It's just about being really present in a particular moment.

"Every morning I do 10 minutes of mindfulness where I do meditation and I use that in competition and every day life. I'm getting better and better in being able to zone in on what I need to focus on.

"I started at the beginning of this year and I've done it every day since. It's helped me massively and I feel like that's one of the reasons why this year I've been the most consistent that I've been in competition."

The 22-year-old won gold in the 10m platform at the European Championships in London in May and believes the victory can inspire him in Rio.

"It was a big confidence boost. I know that I can train like that because I train like that every day. I know I can go into the Olympic Games ready to win. I'm going in there to give the Chinese a run for their money," he added.

"If I look back at 2008 and how I've moved on to 2012 I had much harder dives and a lot more experience. I have so much more experience and I feel like I've grown massively as an athlete."