Melissa Wu shows good form in Glasgow lead-up

AT just 22, Melissa Wu will compete in her third Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The Sydneysider burst onto the national sporting scene when she won a silver medal in the 10m synchronised platform event at the 2006 Games in Melbourne at the tender age of 13.

She followed that up with another silver in the same event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, becoming the youngest Australian to win an Olympic medal in diving.

Wu finally got to the top of the podium at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, taking gold in her favourite 10m synchro platform event with Alexandra Croak. She also claimed silver in the 10m individual event.

Despite being hampered by a back injury in recent years, Wu showed she was on track for more medals in Glasgow with some great diving at the World Cup meet in China on the weekend.

She took bronze in the 10m individual platform event behind Chinese pair Xiaohui Huang and Huixia Liu. Fellow Aussie Lara Tarvit, also part of the diving team in Glasgow, finished eighth.

Wu then backed up with comeback queen Rachel Bugg (pictured with Wu) in the synchro event, finishing fourth behind pairs from China, Malaysia and Canada.

Australia is aiming to win back its Commonwealth Games diving crown in Glasgow after finishing second overall to Canada in Delhi four years ago.


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