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


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.


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.


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.


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.