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Olympic Information

    Beijing
  • 2008 - 1st (10m platform)

Recent Performances

  • 7th (10m platform) - 2012 Fort Lauderdale Grand Prix (Fort Lauderdale, USA)
  • 13th (10m platform) - 2012 FINA World Cup (London, United Kingdom)
  • 1st (10m platform) - 2012 Australian Open Championships (Adelaide, Australia)
  • 7th (10m platform) - 2011 FINA USA Grand Prix (Fort Lauderdale, USA)
  • 1st (10m platform) - 2011 FINA Montreal Grand Prix (Montreal, Canada)

Career Highlights

  • Winning gold at my first Olympic Games in Beijing, 2008
  • Winning 4 silver medals at the Delhi Commonwealth Games, 2010

Interesting Facts

  • Matthew Mitcham will forever be remembered for becoming Australia's first male diving Olympic gold medallist since 1924 when he produced the highest scoring dive in Olympic history to win the 2008 Beijing Olympics 10m platform title. He came from 30 points behind and on his final dive he scored 112.10 to shock himself and the diving world and rob the Chinese from a full sweep of Olympic gold medals.
  • Starting out as a successful world junior champion trampolinist, Mitcham was spotted at a Brisbane pool by an AIS coach who encouraged him to get involved in diving. He continued to compete in the trampoline along with his new found sport of diving.
  • Winning national junior titles from 2002-04, Mitcham began competing on the world stage at the World Junior Championships where he eventually won silver medals in the 1m, 3m synchro and 10m platform events.
  • Following the 2006 Commonwealth Games and World Cup, Mitcham gave up the sport after training for 7 years at the AIS. He returned in 2007 under coach Chava Sobrino.
  • He claimed silver medals in the 1m, 3m synchro, 10m individual and 10m synchro at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Mitcham battled injury from an abdominal tear throughout 2011 but returned to competition at the National Championships in December to win the 10m individual platform. Returning to form, Mitcham scored perfect 10s from all seven judges on one of his dives to post a plus-550 score.

Sport

Years on national team

7

Coach

Chava Sobrino (2007 - current)

Primary Training Base

Sydney, Australia

Club

Abbotsleigh Aquatic Centre (NSW, Australia)

Institute/Academy

NSW Institute of Sport, Sydney

Education

Primary

Gumdale State Primary (QLD, Australia)

Secondary

Mansfield State High School (QLD Australia)

Tertiary

Bachelor of Arts (Science) - University of Sydney (2008 - 2010)


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