Epic Olympic bronze medal for Melissa Wu

Posted on August 5, 2021 by

In one of the more remarkable and stirring moments of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, NSWIS’ Melissa Wu won her second Olympic medal by claiming a bronze 13 years after her silver in Beijing.

Wu put the polishing touches on the bronze medal performance by scoring 81.60 on her final dive and producing a total score of 371.40, bringing about emotional scenes that echoed around the Tokyo Aquatic Centre.

Wu’s performance in Tokyo puts the icing on a remarkable run of consistent performances dating back to the London 2012 Olympic Games where she placed fourth, which was followed by a fifth at Rio 2016.

Coach Chava Sobrino was overwhelmed with emotion following the result.

“That was pure Melissa Wu,” he said. “Perseverance, tenacity, and, most of all, beautiful diving. She earned every inch of that and more.”

The medal was made even more special following the injuries Wu overcame just to compete in Tokyo.

The gold and silver medals were won by China’s Honchang Quan and Yuxi Chen, who interestingly had a combined age equal to that of bronze medallist Wu.

Friday sees the NSWIS’ Sam Fricker and compatriot Cassiel Rousseau take on the world in the men’s 10m platform preliminaries beginning at 4.00pm (AEST).

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