Matthew Mitcham, Out Australian Diver Wins Gold in Beijing

Matthew Mitcham, an out gay diver from Australia, made a big come-back in his last dive in the 10-meter platform dive winning the gold medal to the chagrin of the Chinese who were hoping to make a sweep in diving. He had been in second place going into the sixth and final dive, but he scored an amazing 35 points in that dive, for a total of 112.10,to move past Zhou, the Chinese diver who had been in first going into the last dive. Mitcham, who earlier had missed out on getting into the 3 meter finals because of nerves seemed to calm himself down in a big way, especially for the final gold-winning dive. You can see part of his gold-medal dive here.

Men’s 10m Platform, Final Standings
Gold–Australia — Matthew Mitcham, 537.95 points
Silver–China — Zhou Luxin, 533.15
Bronze–Russia — Gleb Galperin, 525.80

Here’s a great article by Bob Ballard, a BBC reporter covering diving at the Olympics, telling about the moments of the dive itself and what occurred directly afterward.

4 Responses

  1. Go Aussie!

    I wouldn’t have thought we were much of a medal chance for diving, of all things.

  2. Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi! So proud!!!

  3. Thank you for your post. I posted something about his win also on my blog. I appreciated your reference to the Ballard article. That was a good read. Mitcham turned in the kind of dives that made him deserving of the gold medal. What a great Olympian!

  4. Aussie, Aussie, Aussie–we are worldly proud of you.

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