Out Australian diver Matthew Mitcham failed to secure a place in the Olympic finals for the 10-meter platform dive yesterday. Mitcham, who broke Olympic records in Beijing in 2008, missed a slot by just one place.
Leaving the pool with tears in his eyes, Mitcham ranked 13th and earned 482.40 points in the semi-finals yesterday morning. He had been suffering from ongoing abdominal pains but said during the preliminaries that “it’s not an issue for me now, mentally or otherwise.”
American David Boudia and Russian Ilya Zakharov snagged gold medals at the Aquatics Centre, ending the long-running streak of Chinese divers winning top honors in the event.
While we’re sad Mitcham won’t be fulfilling his Twitter promise to dive naked off the 10-meter platform if he earned a gold medal, he’s still a consummate athlete and role model in our book.
Fortunately, he’s spoken about his plans to compete in the next Summer Olympics in Rio. Sounds like the perfect place for him to give us a gold-medal dive in his birthday suit.