Australia was able to sweep the diving events at the 2015 Oceania Diving Championship. One quota was up for grabs at each of the individual events to the winner provided the athlete has not already qualified its nation in that specific event or the nation already has two athletes. In something a bit different relative to other sports the quota would not be reallocated to the next best athlete should the first place athlete not be eligible. The Oceania Diving Championship was held in Melbourne, Australia from December 12th to December 13th 2015.
In the men’s 3m springboard it was Australia’s James Connor who finished ahead in the preliminary round with a score of 438.80 as he just edged out his compatriot Grant Nel whom finished with a score of 438.00. Third place Matthew Mitcham of Australia moved up into first place in the semifinals as he finished with a score of 435.70. In the final James Connor did not participate as he already qualified to the Olympics and Australia was more focus on winning the quota. It was Nel whom won the gold medal and a quota for his nation as he finished with a score of 490.00. Mitcham won the silver with a score of 482.30 while New Zealand’s Liam Stone won the bronze after he finished with a score of 442.85.
The preliminary round of the women’s 10m platform was dominated by Australia’s Brittany Broben as she finished with 351.45 points, over 60 points ahead of her compatriot Emily Meaney. However, a poor performance in the semifinals by Broben gave Meaney the top position going into the final. Broben was able to regain her fine form to win the gold and Olympic quota for her nation with a score of 364.70. Australia swept the medal standings as Teju Williamson and Annarose Keating won the silver and bronze medals with a score of 313.85 and 312.75 respectively.
The women’s 3m springboard was led by Anabelle Smith over the three rounds. She was able to win the gold medal with a score of 330.95. However, since Australia already won two quotas at the World Aquatics Championship no one was given a quota in this event. Australia was also able to sweep the medal standings as Georgia Sheehan and Jayah Mathews won the silver and bronze medals with a score of 326.10 and 297.50 respectively.
Australia’s James Connor was in a class of his own in the men’s 10m platform. He dominated the three rounds and won gold and an Olympic quota for his nation with a score of 490.15. Compatriots Kurtis Mathews and Nick Jeffree won the silver and bronze medals with a score of 395.20 and 389.10.
Australia now has a full set of quotas in the individual events. Australia will be looking to fill out its synchronized diving roster and the rest of the continent will attempt to qualify individual divers at the Diving World Cup to be held in 2016.
Quotas by Nations
- Australia – 3
- DiveRecorder. ADGP Event 2/Oceania Championships Results. Access on December 14 2015.