Wu a dual winner at diving Games trials

Written by admin on 30/07/2019 Categories: 苏州美睫

Melissa Wu took another big step forward in her diving comeback when she won the individual and synchro platform finals at the Commonwealth Games selection trials.


The 21-year-old’s success in Melbourne on Wednesday has her on track to compete at her third Commonwealth Games.

There’ll she’ll aim to add to a tally of three medals – an outcome that looked in doubt when she was forced out of the pool much of last year with a back injury.

Delhi Games bronze medallist Grant Nel also booked his Glasgow ticket with an outstanding performance in winning the men’s three-metre final.

He continued that impressive form when he teamed up with Beijing Olympic gold medallist Matthew Mitcham to win the platform synchro final.

Wu made her Commonwealth Games debut as a 14-year-old in Melbourne in 2006, winning silver in the platform synchro with Alex Croak, before claiming an Olympic silver in the same event with Briony Cole in Beijing 2008.

Wu and Croak then went on to win gold in the event in Delhi in 2010, while Wu finished with silver in the individual platform.

This year she’s diving with London Olympian Rachel Bugg, the pair winning a tight final from world championship finalists Lara Tarvit and Emily Boyd.

“I’ve been training really hard leading up to this competition, working on strength and consistency,” Wu said.

“I came into this feeling pretty well prepared, so I’m glad my competition reflected the way I’ve been training.

“At the moment I’m feeling pretty good injury-wise, I’ve been able to manage them pretty well so far this year.”

Nel is set for a strong Glasgow performance after just missing a medal at last year’s Barcelona world championships.

“I love it, I feel really relaxed out on the board, I’m having a good time, I’m always smiling up there,” Nel said.

“I just love getting the opportunity to compete for Australia.

The older I get, the happier I am just to be here.”

The selection trials finish on Thursday, with the highly-rated Maddison Keeney competing in the women’s three-metre and Mitcham in the men’s platform.

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