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Defiant Daley abused on Twitter after missing medal

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Tom Daley reacts during the synchronised 10m platform diving at London 2012 Olympics (Reuters)

Tom Daley reacts during the synchronised 10m platform diving at London 2012 Olympics (Reuters)

Just a couple of hours after missing out on a medal in the 10m synchronised diving, British hope Tom Daley was receiving abuse on Twitter, including references to his late father.

18-year-old Daley, in partnership with Pete Waterfield, finished fourth in the event, having led at the halfway stage. A misjudged dive cost them their lead, and the duo could not recover.

But despite the near-miss, a defiant Daley made an example of a Twitter user who launched a sickening rant.

"After giving it my all you get idiots sending me this," Daley tweeted before linking to the message, from a user named Riley Junior.

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"You let your dad down, I hope you know that," he had written. Daley's father lost his battle with cancer in 2011.

Shortly before the final had begun, Daley had expressed his gratitude for the support he had received since that time.

"After the toughest year of my life, today is the day!" Daley wrote. "I just want to thank everyone for all their support no matter what the outcome."

Daley competes again in the 10m individual competition on August 11.

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