From injury to gold for diving star

ERIN SEMMLER

 

Australia’s Melissa Wu has pushed through injury to win her first individual international gold medal in the ten-metre event overnight.

Team Wu – including Melissa Wu’s boyfriend Samuel Debono (left) and brother Josh Wu witness her gold winning dive. Photo: Erin Semmler

Her brother Josh Wu said the 25-year-old has been chasing an individual gold medal for more than a decade.

“She’s wanted this for a long time, since 2006 so 12 years of hard work and it’s finally paid off,” he said.

“I’m very excited and proud of my sister, I can’t think of any more words, I’m just so happy for her right now.”

Wu lead for the first three rounds, but was pushed to second in round four by Canadian Meaghan Benfeito.

It all came down to the final dive with Wu performing a back two and a half somersault one and half twister.

The crowd went wild as Wu’s score was announced, her brother, boyfriend and father couldn’t hide their pride as they cheered for their golden girl.

Boyfriend Samuel Debono said he was thrilled.

“I’m still trying to get over the nerves, I can’t believe it,” he said.

“She has worked so hard for this, coming back from injury and she’s still got a few injuries now and to come first is, I don’t know, I feel so happy for her.

“She was hoping top five but one is so good, I’m so happy.”

Wu is a triple Olympian and four-times Commonwealth Games competitor with plans to head to her fourth Olympics at Tokyo, 2020.

 

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