Tom Daley meets fans before Edinburgh contest

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The day before a major competition you might expect athletes to be resting up and locking themselves away to get into the winning frame of mind, but diving star Tom Daley had other plans when he hit the Capital.

The Olympic bronze medallist has been enjoying the pleasures of Capital life and happily mixing with fans at tourist hot spots.

Tom Daley's picture with the Scott Monument.

Tom Daley's picture with the Scott Monument.

The 20-year-old has been spotted by excited fans in Nandos, Starbucks and Pizza Express since arriving in Edinburgh, posted a selfie with the Scott Monument in the background and even persuaded his Commonwealth team-mates to join him in a selfie with Edinburgh Castle.

The star was even seen happily snapping a pair of tourists in Princes Street who approached him to take their photo near the National Gallery without realising who he was.

TV presenter Matt Teale, who spotted them, tweeted: “Just seen lovely moment in Edinburgh as 2 oblivious tourists ask @TomDaley1994 for a pic.”

Daley posed with fans in the George Street Starbucks after they spotted him sipping coffee with the writer, director and producer Dustin Lance Black.

Tom snaps his 'oblivious fans'. Picture: comp

Tom snaps his 'oblivious fans'. Picture: comp

He made resident Marie Philbin’s day when she saw him – especially after tweeting her disappointment two hours before when she had walked past him without realising.

Another star-struck fan, Danielle Pollock, managed to dive in for a selfie and tweeted it saying: “The worst photo of me in existence! Thanks again.”

Daley won two gold medals for England at the 2010 Commonwealth Games as well as winning the bronze medal for Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

But it seems the Capital has a special place in his heart after he claimed world series gold in the 10 metres platform in Edinburgh last April.

Near sell-out crowds witnessed Daley’s first competitive appearance since the Olympic Games at the Commonwealth Pool, where Daley said his experience had been “a little taste of London again”.

And it will be no different today when the Commonwealth Games diving competition gets under way with the Englishman up against local talent James Heatly – grandson of diving legend Sir Peter.

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