Update: Matthew Mitcham has won a gold medal for Australia in the men’s 10 metre platform diving in Beijing.
The 20-year-old offered an incredible 112.10 final dive to beat the Chinese hope Zhou Luxin who had led the competition until that point.
Fellow Australian Mathew Helm came 6th in the final. Helm took silver at Athens in 2004.
Matthew Mitcham, Australian Olympic diver and the only out gay man at the Beijing Games, has placed second in the preliminary round of the men’s 10 metre platform.
Fellow Australian Mathew Helm is also a strong contender into the semifinal round, placing 5th of 30 competitors.
The semifinal will be held at 12-noon AEST Saturday, with the final later that day at 10pm AEST.
After failing to make the finals in the earlier 3 metre springboard event Mitcham said he had suffered from anxiety, but saw better prospects for his favourite event, the 10 metre platform.
“If I just do what I normally do I should make the final, that should be no problem,” Mitcham told reporters in Beijing.
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