Yesterday Tom Daley and Daniel Goodfellow won bronze in the Men’s Diving Synchronised 10m Platform.
However, with all the coverage being focused around Tom Daley. People are asking where’s Daniel Goodfellow?
The majority of media coverage has been biased focusing mainly around Daley. Newspaper coverage of Britain’s bronze medal win in Rio has been criticised as one-sided, after some reports have cropped Daley’s partner out of the main photographs. Reports are seemingly biased towards only promoting GB’s golden boy Daley.
Although, people aren’t happy with this and the reporters are facing backlash from the public and rightly so. Even Goodfellow’s mum has got involved on Twitter, she has complained that media coverage of her son’s win has been out-of-sync with his partner. She later went on to thank the public for their support on the matter.
Popular news sources such as The Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail and the Daily Express both led with an image of Daley alone. Whilst The Times coverage of the duo didn’t even refer to Goodfellow’s name at all. His only identification was as Daley’s “synchronised partner”.
When the medals were dished out Daley made a point of letting Goodfellow collect his first.
Daley told fans that he ‘couldn’t believe’ that the pair had picked up a medal in his own Twitter post soon after the dive. He went on to tweet “OLYMPIC BRONZE MEDALISTS!! Can’t believe it! So happy and proud of you @danngoodfellow :). “Thanks for all the messages guys!! It was such an amazing and fun night xxx.”
The competition was tough but both boys did really well. Their final dive was notoriously difficult, 3 1/2 sommersaults and a pike. Yet they both smashed the overall result with an impressive score of 444.45. Tom and Dan won bronze after USA’s David Boudia and Steele Johnson, who took silver, and China’s Chen Aisen and Lin Yue, who won gold.
After their final dive the pair waited anxiously for the scores to come in. But the way the pair celebrated was the best part, as the result was announced the duo hugged and screamed so much they actually fell back into the pool!