Australian diving queen Melissa Wu has managed to maintain her desires of a fifth Olympics alive – securing the all vital quota spot on the World Championships.
Wu, 31, who has battled a number of accidents since successful bronze on the Tokyo Olympics, completed the 10m girls’s platform semi-final in eighth place and the ultimate in twelfth – incomes Australia their second quota spot in that occasion for the Paris Olympics.
It was the primary time Wu had competed as a person since her medal successful efficiency in Tokyo, along with her again harm limiting her to synchronised diving on the Commonwealth Video games.
Nikita Hains had beforehand secured a spot on the Oceania championships final yr.
Whereas Wu’s efficiency was removed from the most effective we have now seen her dive – she had made it clear earlier than heading abroad she wasn’t going there to win a medal – the main focus was on incomes the quota spots.
Diving Australia is so determined to qualify in as many occasions as attainable in Paris that reigning world titleholder Cassiel Rousseau opted to not defend his title so he may put all his give attention to the synchro occasion.
Wu’s championships didn’t have a fairytale ending with Wu and associate Hains lacking out on the quota spot for the 10m platform synchronised occasion.
Incomes that spot was at all times going to be a tricky job with Wu and Hains paired up simply weeks earlier than the competitors after teenage celebrity Charli Petrov was dominated out with a again harm.
Petrov and Wu had proved a formidable pair successful gold on the Commonwealth Video games in 2022.
Hains and Wu completed tenth on the championships, solely the highest 4 groups have been gifted quota spots.
Whereas a favorite and at this stage Australia’s high girls’s platform diver Wu will nonetheless has yet another hurdle to clear earlier than reserving her seat on a aircraft to Paris – the Nationwide Titles.
With no synchro spot and simply two girls in a position to compete for Australia within the platform occasion Wu, Hains and Petrov (if match) must battle it out in June for a spot within the workforce.
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