Olympic diver Dan Goodfellow '˜happy to stay in background'

The mother of diver Dan Goodfellow said he was 'happy to stay in the background' after he and more famous partner Tom Daley won bronze at the Olympics.

Daniel Goodfellow, left, and Tom Daley and celebrate with their bronze medals after their win in the 10m synchronised diving. Picture: PA
Daniel Goodfellow, left, and Tom Daley and celebrate with their bronze medals after their win in the 10m synchronised diving. Picture: PA

The hashtag Where’s Daniel Goodfellow trended on Twitter after some newspapers showed a photograph of Daley alone celebrating the win at the Rio poolside.

Goodfellow’s mother Sharon said: “Daniel doesn’t mind. He’s quite happy to stay in the background.”

Goodfellow, 19, achieved the success at the ten-metre synchronised event with Daley, 22, on day three of the Rio Olympics.

Speaking on TV show This Morning, Ms Goodfellow said she was still “quite in shock”.

She watched the competition unfold from the family home near Cambridge.

“I was going to just watch the first two dives but then I thought if they have a bad dive I will switch off,” she said.

While there were “one or two that weren’t up to his usual success” the pair clinched bronze on the final dive.

Goodfellow’s Olympic honour follows more than a year battling back from a shoulder injury which left him unable to raise his arm fully.

The former Cambridge Dive Team member had suffered an elbow injury in the build-up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow before sustaining a separate injury to the long thoracic nerve, which affected his shoulder. He was able to return to training following an operation, but the doubts meant his mother had not bought tickets to Rio.

Posting on her Twitter account, Ms Goodfellow questioned the decision of some newspapers to crop her son out of photographs.

Responding to one front-page image, she wrote: “I am very surprised by this photo. Is it for real?”

She added of the picture selection: “Just done my first bit of media bashing. How insensitive! I hope they sort before morning.”

The focus on Daley at the expense of Goodfellow drew widespread criticism on social media.

Stig Abel joked: “It’s a brilliant achievement by Tom Daley to win a solo medal in a synchronised event.”