At her fourth Oltmpic Games Melissa Wu has won a Bronze in the Women’s 10m Platform, her first individual Diving medal at the Olympics. For all your Tokyo 2020 coverage, stay tuned to The Inner Sanctum’s Olympic hub and the Olympics Central.
With a total score of 371.40, Melissa Wu has become an Olympic medallist in a story of heartbreak and perseverance.
Wu’s Olympic journey began in Beijing when the then 16-year-old won Silver with partner Briony Cole in the 10m synchronised event. She became the youngest Australian to win an Olympic medal in Diving. In the individual 10m event, she placed sixth.
Four years later in London, Wu fell agonisingly short of the podium placing fourth, while in Rio she was also just out of the medals and finished in fifth.
Tokyo was her opportunity.
In the preliminary round, Wu showed her composure scoring 351.20 for her five dives and placing fourth. Her strength – her consistency – really showed as her lowest score was a 63 and her highest a 75.20 in the preliminaries.
During the semi-final, Wu stayed up in the top five of the competition. She completed her five dives for a total of 334.50 and moved comfortably into the final 12.
In the final, Wu was in the zone. Her first dive, a forward three and a half somersaults, she executed beautifully for a 75.00. She moved into first momentarily but ended the first round in fourth.
Wu did her compulsory armstand dive second; an armstand back double somersault with one and a half twists. She paused perfectly balanced in the armstand before falling to a clean entry, earning a score of 76.80.
After the second round of diving, Wu was in the Bronze position and never looked back.
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Her third dive was a reverse two and a half somersaults. She slightly over-rotated the entry, but her work under the water-limited the splash for another consistent score of 64.40.
The performance of both Chinese divers, Quan Hongchan and Chen Yuxi was truly exceptional and going to be hard to beat. Wu just had to stay ahead of Mexican Gabriela Agundez Garcia for the final three dives.
Despite a bit of splash on her fourth dive, Wu still scored a 73.60 for her inward three and a half somersaults and maintained her Bronze position.
It was all up to Wu in the final round. Her final dive, a back two and a half somersaults into one and a half twists, was her best. She rotated with ease and made a clean entry into the water. She was happy as she exited the pool and the judges loved it too, giving her a score of 81.60.
Wu’s total for her five dives was 371.40, 12.9 points ahead of Agundez Garcia, securing her a Tokyo 2020 bronze medal.
China took Gold and Silver; Quan Hongchan Olympic Champion with 466.20 points including three perfect dives, and Chen Yuxi in second with a total of 425.40.
After series of highs and lows since the last Olympics, it was a special occasion for Wu, her team and her family back home.
Her story is one of perseverance and determination, and Melissa Wu finally gets her individual Olympic medal – Bronze in Tokyo.
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