The hype has been proved worthwhile for Team GB's Tom Daley, as the young star's stunning performance earned him a bronze in the ten-metre platform on Saturday.
Daley recovered from a patchy performance in the heats, in which he qualified just 15th, becoming increasingly strong through the semi-finals before a confident and technically brilliant series of dives in the final.
Such was the 18-year-old's performance that he led going into the final dive, with Boudia and Qiu deadlocked just 0.15 points behind.
The competition seemed to be secure for the Brit, as he managed a single score of ten for his final back dive. However, when his rivals both nailed more difficult combinations he was relegated to third.
The Plymouth resident did not care though, jumping into the pool with his team-mates and coaches to celebrate a success he dedicated to his late father.
Robert Daley had been a constant sight at the poolside but succumbed to brain cancer aged 40 last May. He had pledged to battle the disease for long enough to see Tom compete in London.
"I dedicate this medal to my dad," he said.
"After losing my dad and all the tough times - it's about time my family had some good news."
He went on: "It's really tough not having him here, but I'm so happy for the fact that all the hard work we put in together, all the ups and downs, I know if he was here he'd be very proud.
"I wish he was here to be honest, but I know he's not. To make up for it all my family and friends are here.
"All the lessons in life he's taught me. It's been tough but I've come out the other side and have something to show for it."
Tom said he was thrilled with the award: "Although it's a bronze medal for me it's a gold medal.
"It's a symbol of all the effort I've had to put in. All the pressure that I've had on me going into this competition has been overwhelming to say the least."