Teenager Maddison Keeney racked up two more wins at the Commonwealth Games trials, while Matthew Mitcham missed out on the 10m platform title.
Maddison Keeney continued her rise up Australia’s diving ranks with two more wins at the Commonwealth Games selection trials, but such success has eluded seasoned performer Matthew Mitcham.
Keeney, 17, posted a personal best in claiming the three-metre title in Melbourne on Thursday, before taking out the synchro final with London Olympian Anabelle Smith.
The victories followed her one-metre springboard triumph on Monday and sets her up for a potential triple gold medal-haul in Glasgow.
The Perth teenager has shown big improvement over the past 12 months, having won the FINA grand prix in Madrid earlier this year.
It was a mixed day, however, for Beijing Olympic champion Mitcham, who lost out to 19-year-old Queenslander Domonic Bedggood in his pet event – the 10m platform final.
The pair went on to claim the synchro final, but Mitcham admits his form is still short of where it needs to be.
“I’m not even close to my best yet,” said Mitcham, who took out the three-metre synchro final with Grant Nel on Wednesday.
“I’m very happy overall with my week, but I’m pretty tired. I guess that’s why I did so many events, as a bit of a road test for the Commonwealth Games.
“Now I realise I need to work on recovery between each day, because I’ve been waking up really sore from the day before.”
Despite limiting his dives to the two platform events and three-metre synchro, Mitcham has the option of also competing in the one and three-metre disciplines in Glasgow.
But that appears unlikely.
“The options are open, we’ve been discussing which events I should prioritise,” the 26-year-old said.
“I do have the ability to do all the events, but I don’t think I’d be maximising my potential.”
Mitcham is eager to renew his rivalry with British superstar Tom Daley at the Games, having traded crowns since Beijing.
“I think it’s actually my turn for a title,” he said.
His conqueror, Bedggood, wasn’t even diving when Mitcham won gold in 2008 – he was still competing as a gymnast.
“To go out there and finish ahead of Matthew Mitcham (after just two years in the sport), well …”