Tom Daley became Britain’s first individual world diving champion after winning the 10-metres platform in Rome.
He finished with 539.85 points to beat China’s Qui Bo and Zhou Lukin at the Foro Italico after entering the final round in 3rd position.
It is the UK’s first world diving medal since Peter Waterfield and Leon Taylor came second in the 10m synchro in 2005.
Tom who came seventh in the 2008 Olympic finals was said to have been ‘shocked at the result’.
“I was hoping for a top eight finish. Then I did six of my best dives ever.”
He then went on to say: “It’s just incredible. All the hard work has paid off.”
Toms mum Debbie said she could barely contain her excitement.
“They expected him to come top six,”
“To have won a medal is an added bonus – and to have won gold is beyond belief.”
When Tom’s mum was asked how would Tom celebrate the victory, she said: “Perhaps he will have an ice-cream! That’s something he likes to do when he’s had a win.”
Daley was 14 years and 81 days old when he took his first dive off the 10m platform into the pool at the 2008 Olympics.
This made him the youngest British Olympian since 1960 when another schoolboy Ken Lester took part in the rowing as a cox.