Australian Diver, Matthew Mitcham to be Inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as part of Honoree Class of 2022 – Updated

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Australian Diver, Matthew Mitcham is credited with having received the highest single-dive score in Olympic history.  At the 2008 Olympic Games, in Beijing, China, Mitcham chose to execute a two-and-one-half somersault with two-and-one-half twists in the pike position for his last dive.  The dive had a very high degree of difficulty with 3.8.  Mitcham scored four 10’s, giving him, not only the highest score on a single dive ever, but the gold medal for the event as well.

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Australian diver Matthew Mitcham at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games

By winning the 10-meter platform in 2008, Matthew Mitcham became the first Australian to win an Olympic gold medal in diving, since Dick Eve at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris, France.

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Matthew Mitcham winning gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics

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Although the platform was Mitcham’s favored event, he was quite good on the springboard as well.  At the 2009 World Championships, Mitcham won the bronze medal on the 1-meter, silver on the 1-meter, synchro 3-meter, 10 meter and synchro 10-meter, and at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, he took gold in the synchro 10-meter platform and silver in the 1-meter and synchro 3-meter.

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Matthew Mitcham along with the rest of the Australian Olympic team

Mitcham wrote his autobiography in 2012, “Twists and Turns.” Soon afterward, it was made into a cabaret show, starring Mitcham, and travelled around the country of Australia (2014-15) getting great reviews.