But the 22-year-old has also received plenty of support since his disappointing knock-out (including J.K. Rowling's)...
Tom Daley had a pretty disappointing time at the Olympics on Saturday.
The 22-year-old diver crashed out of the semi-finals in the men’s 10m platform event, finishing last of the 18 competitors and failing to make the finals. Eep.
At the time, he said: ‘I’ve no idea what went wrong. Training has been going really well, I’m in the shape of my life, moving better than ever and last night showed that.
‘I was fighting until the end. I would miss a dive and then move on to the next one constantly trying to fight and improve my place.
‘I gave it my everything and tried my absolute best. It’s just heartbreaking to think that after four years of hard work and effort it’s tough to accept.
‘It definitely does give me that kick to come back in 2020. I want to be Olympic champion – that’s been my dream since I was a kid.’
He later Tweeted: ‘Truly heartbroken. but I will never give up on my dream of being an Olympic champion.’
However, showing true sportsmanship, he also revealed that he’d be cheering on Chinese diver Qiu Bo, who eventually came in sixth place.
While it was very sad, this sort of thing is all down to luck on the day. And there’s always Tokyo 2020, eh?
But unfortunately for Tom, not everyone was quite so forgiving. Instead, he was targeted by homophobic bullies who linked his performance to his sexuality. *Sigh*.
Disgustingly, one Christian group even Tweeted: ‘Turning gay doesn’t seem to have done Tom Daley any favours at #Rio2016.’
Of course, his fans were quick to hit back. As was author J.K. Rowling, who spotted the message and responded: ‘Can’t decide which is more offensive in this tweet, the stupidity or the spite.’
Let’s hope Tom gives these haters absolutely none of his time as he heads back into training.
And let’s not forget that he won the bronze with fellow diver Daniel Goodfellow in the men’s synchronised 10m platform.
We think that’s a lot more than most of us can say, right? Well done, Tom!