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Britain's Tom Daley rests in between dives in the men's synchronised 10m platform final during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre July 30, 2012. REUTERS/Toby Melville

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Call it the battle of the teenagers: 18-year-old Briton Tom Daley, one of the host nation's brightest hopes for a gold medal, joins partner Peter Waterfield in a 10-metre synchro diving contest Monday that pits them against 19-year-old Chinese superstar Qiu Bo and partner Huo Liang.

Qiu and Huo are the reigning world champions and will present a formidable challenge to the British tandem, who topped the World Cup circuit and badly want to win Britain's first gold of the Games.

As The Independent put it: "Real sporting greatness is within Tom Daley's grasp here."

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Sean Gordon joined the Globe's Quebec bureau in 2008 and covers the Canadiens, Alouettes and Impact, as well as Quebec's contingent of Olympic athletes. More

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