Daley has no plans to quit

Tom Daley is determined to continue beyond the Commonwealth Games

Tom Daley is determined to continue beyond the Commonwealth Games

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Tom Daley insists he will continue diving as long as his body lets him.

The 20-year-old was responding to speculation that his appearance for England at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow would be his last.

But the Plymouth athlete insists he is not ready to hang up his trunks yet and is already targeting a medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016 - as long as he can stay fit.

Daley told Press Association Sport: "I'm not going to retire.

"It was quite amusing to come back from China and read that. I have no idea where that came from.

"Rio in 2016 is still my ultimate goal. But how far I go on after that really depends on how long my body holds out. Some divers last until they are 38, some until they are 22. I just have to listen to my body and then play it by ear."

The retirement rumours were sparked by reports claiming Daley was worried he would not be good enough to take on his Rio rivals in two years' time.

He missed out on a podium place at the World Cup in Shanghai last week and has also battled injury problems over the past 18 months.

The London 2012 bronze medallist has also faced accusations that he has let non-diving commitments - such as fronting reality TV show Splash - overshadow his medal preparations.

But the double Commonwealth champion said: "Lots of people want to know what I'm up to and what I'm doing. But I don't read any of the stuff in the papers, I just concentrate on my diving.

"It is my number-one priority. Everything else comes secondary. But having that other stuff there is a good escape for me.

"When I'm busy, I find it easier to relax.

"When I have got less to do, I end up dwelling on things so I think it's always good to have a distraction.

"It's the best way for me to guarantee performances. I know I'm working as hard as I possibly can. I'm doing 11 sessions a week which is more than a lot of other guys are doing."

Daley will defend both the 10-metre individual platform and 10-metre synchronised pairs titles he won in Delhi four years ago at Glasgow 2014.

But he could only finish fourth in Shanghai after Chinese duo Yang Jian and Olympic champion Qiu Bo finished ahead of Mexican Ivan Garcia.

However, Daley stressed: "The motivation to do well is stronger now than before.

"In Delhi, I didn't know I was going to win double gold. But here I want to give it my best shot and hopefully come away with another gold.

"Shanghai was a frustrating result really. I was diving really well but if I hadn't messed up one of my dives I would have finished higher.

"I scored 100 points in the semi-final - if I had continued like that then I definitely would have got a medal.

"That's diving. It's sport but it has given me that extra drive to do well here in Glasgow."

The diver also had to endure the trauma of an emergency landing during his flight home from Shanghai.

The Virgin flight had to make an unexpected stop in the Russian city of Irkutsk because of a "technical issue".

But Daley insists the scare has not affected his preparations.

He said: "You always have to prepare for the what-ifs but I wasn't necessarily thinking about the what-if being an emergency landing - more things like the flight being delayed.

"It was a scary situation but we managed to land safely and then get home in the end.

"Now we are in Scotland ready to compete again."

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