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Tom Daley to take a break from diving

Tom Daley says he needs to take some time to recover. Photo: PA

Diver Tom Daley has announced he will be taking a break from the sport for the rest of the year.

British Diving has said it will allow him to return to full fitness after a series of ailments.

Daley is also expecting a baby with his husband Dustin Lance Black.

The 23-year-old won a synchro platform gold at the Commonwealths and five diving world-series medals.

His final competition was in Russia over the weekend where he picked up a fourth silver with mixed synchro partner Grace Reid.

He will return to training in the autumn, but not feature in any major competition until 2019.

Diving is a huge part of my life, and I have dedicated the last 15 years to it.

I want to keep performing at the highest level for myself, my family and my fans, but in order to do that I need time to take some time to recover.

I’ll be using the rest of the year to spend time with my husband and new baby and work on projects close to my heart. I am sure this will give me the time I need to be in a position to compete at my best going into the next Olympics.”

– Tom Daley

British Diving says a "strong squad" will still compete at the World Cup in China next month and at the Europeans in Edinburgh in August.

The squad will likely include triple Commonwealth champion Jack Laugher alongside fellow gold medallists Grace Reid, Chris Mears and Dan Goodfellow.

We have had a meeting with Tom, his coach Jane and our medical team and agree a break from competition is what he needs to enable him to return to his best ability in 2019 and going into Tokyo 2020.

The global diving schedule this year has already been busy, and it is vital that all our divers take care of themselves physically and emotionally, in what is a very demanding sport.”

– Alexei Evangulov, National Performance Director for diving