London Shaping Up For Cyclists, Diver

An Aussie cycling trio and star diver make great starts to their Olympic campaigns.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

Preparation for the upcoming London Olympics has been good for a group of Australian athletes. Cycling sprint trio Shane Perkins, Scott Sunderland and Matthew Glaetzer won gold today at the 2012 World Track Cycling Championships in Melbourne and platform diver Matthew Mitcham scored a perfect 10 at the Australian Olympic trials.

Mitcham is the reigning Olympic champion and received seven perfect 10s on his fifth dive at the championships in Adelaide today.

The 24-year-old completed his best dive since injuring a stomach muscle last year, winning the 10m final by scoring 1514. Now nearing full strength, Mitcham is hoping for a personal best 1570 in London.  

Mitcham told reporters that his perfect-10 dive, a backward 3.5 somersault, isn’t a regular in his routine and doesn’t yet feel perfect to him, but was happy the judges enjoyed it.

The sprint trio took on France in the final and won gold by a thousandth of a second.

The win was an unexpected one and made up for the loss of the men’s team pursuit to Great Britain. The Aussies won the gold in the same event a year ago but were beaten by a world record-breaking effort from the English. Losing in Melbourne was a payback of sorts after the Australians defeated the English quartet in London in February at the World Cup. The team: Glenn O’Shea, Jack Bobridge, Rohan Dennis and Michael Hepburn, had to settle for silver instead.

Great Britain was disqualified from the team sprint after a rider made an incorrect cross-over.