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Aussies dive right into 2012

16 February 2012

The Australians are descending on London Olympic Park with five-and-a-half months to go until the 2012 Games begin.

At the venue dubbed “The Pringle”- London’s Velodrome- the Australian cycling team is locking horns with the world’s best, while across the park Australia’s diving team will also compete at their 2012 venue for the first time.

The 17,500 capacity Aquatic Centre is set to host diving, swimming and synchronised swimming during the Games from July 27-August 13, with Australia set to field strong teams in each event.

Heading to London in strong form, nine of Australia’s finest divers will be the first Aussies to test the London waters at the London Diving World Cup from February 20-26.

Reigning Olympic Champion Matthew Mitcham leads the field on the comeback trail from an injury-plagued 2011. His Commonwealth Games synchro partner Ethan Warren is also competing fresh off a win at the Rostock Grand Prix in Germany last week.

Warren defeated Canadian Reuben Ross and Ukrainian Illya Kvasha in the 3m springboard with an impressive 485.30 points. Grant Nel is the third Australian male competing in London.

An experienced female line-up featuring Olympians Alexandra Croak, Sharleen Stratton, Loudy Wiggins (2000 bronze, 2004 bronze) and Melissa Wu (2008 silver) is joined by Rachel Bugg and Anabelle Smith.

At the Rostock Grand Prix the Australian girls found fine form, with Wiggins and Bugg placing third and fourth respectively in the women’s platform. For Wiggins it marked a successful return to international competition on the road to the Olympics.

Becoming increasingly accustomed to medalling, Croak and Wu collected silver in the 10m synchro event, to give the Aussies a medal of each colour and finish third on the medal table behind China and Germany.

Now en route to London, the nine Australian divers will soak up as much as they can in this unique opportunity to dive in London ahead of the Games.

To read Matthew Mitcham's diary about the journey to the London Olympics click here>>>

Taya Conomos

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