Plymouth diver Tom Daley teams up with his Chinese arch-rival
TOM DALEY and Qiu Bo have put aside their rivalry to dive together in Shanghai.
The pair have both won world senior and world junior titles in the last three years and were among the medallists at this summer's Olympic Games.
But the talented teenage duo teamed up to do some synchro diving to promote a 'Sport is Great' event held by the British Consulate General in Shanghai.
Daley was on his way back from winning two gold medals at the World Junior Championships in Adelaide, Australia.
"It was great to dive with Qui Bo," said Daley.
"He's the one of best divers in the world and it's a privilege to dive with him here in China."
Daley, who is on the verge of reaching two million followers on Twitter, added: "I always love coming to China as the people and fans are always so welcoming and such great fun.
"I'll probably be back several times in 2013 to compete and I can't wait."
Daley and Bo are two of the most famous divers in the world.
Daley won the 2009 World Championships, while Bo won it in 2011.
Bo was also world junior champion before Daley took that crown last weekend.
At this summer's Olympics Bo took silver and 18-year-old Daley came third in a tight final.
The pair, though, have mutual respect for each other and 19-year-old Bo was only more than happy to take up the opportunity to meet up with Daley for the first time since this summer's Olympic Games.
Bo said: "I am very pleased to be able to meet in Shanghai with Daley.
"Today we are not opponents, but instead working together to promote the Sino-British sports exchanges in Shanghai.
"I hope this enhances the long friendship between our two peoples."
Daley and Bo's dive together was watched by Chinese and British school children, who had been specially invited to attend the Oriental Sports Centre, and was broadcast to millions of people across China.
Daley hopes he and Bo can inspire a new generation of divers.
Daley said: "It has always been my dream to compete in the Olympic Games. I hope that my experience of London 2012 can inspire the next generation in China and around the world to pursue their dream – and never give up."
British Consul General Brian Davidson, who hosted the event, said: "Tom and Qiu Bo standing side by side illustrates the depth and level of people to people exchanges between China and the UK.
"This is a great opportunity to celebrate the successes of Chinese and British athletes at London 2012."