Wu wins diving thriller
3 April 2012
Melissa Wu edged in front of the competition while another Olympic comeback hit rough waters with Loudy Wiggins out of contention for an individual dive at the London Games.
The 33-year-old Wiggins finished fourth in the women's 10 metre final at the Olympic Nomination Trials in Adelaide on Tuesday.
Hoping to make her fourth Olympics after missing the 2008 Beijing Games and returning to the sport in mid-2011, dual Olympic bronze medallist Wiggins was pipped by winner Melissa Wu.
“It has been a very stressful competition so far and I am very happy to win this final today,” Wu said.
“Any of the five girls could easily have won today.... The lead changed several times in the final and I just managed to win by the slimmest of margins.”
Wu (NSW) finished with a combined score of 1065.15 followed by Brittany Broben (QLD) with 1064.50. A difference of 0.65 of a point.
In third place was a disappointed Alexandra Croak (NSW) scoring 1062.45. Wiggins (VIC) finished fourth 1062.05 and Rachel Bugg (SA) was fifth scoring 1023.25.
Wu, a silver medallist in Beijing four years ago in the 10m synchronised, is a six-year national team veteran yet still to turn 20.
"The Australian team is one of the hardest to make," she said.
“I have had my share of injuries over the years and it is all coming together for me now. It will certainly give me confidence to be off to the Grand Prix meets in Canada and USA in early May and hopefully Olympic selection if I can maintain my form.”
New mum Wiggins was too upset to speak to media after failing to grab an individual berth some 16 years after her first Olympics in Atlanta.
But she has one last shot in Wednesday's 10m synchronised final, partnering South Australian Rachel Bugg, who was last in the individual final.
In other finals on Tuesday, Queenslander Ethan Warren won the men's 3m title from Grant Nel - the only two divers who met criteria to make the final.
And world champion bronze medallists Sharleen Stratton and Anabelle Smith claimed the women's 3m synchronised final.
The Stratton-Smith combination trailed rivals Sherilyse Gowlett and Esther Qin into their last dive, but produced a high-scoring finale to win.
The Adelaide trials are among the final steps to make the Olympic team, with performances at two overseas meets next month also factored in before the May 29 team naming.
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