Mitcham finds form at the right time

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Olympic Gold medallist and Sydney University Elite Athlete Program (EAP) scholarship holder Matthew Mitcham is one step closer to a second Olympic berth after he turned on a spectacular display of precise diving on the final day of the Nomination Trials for the 2012 Australian Olympic Team.

Mitcham, an Arts student at the University of Sydney, won the men’s 10m platform event – the same event that he won gold in at the 2008 Beijing Olympics having received the highest single-dive score in Olympic history.

“I am very pleased with my result here today. It is the first time since my injury last year that I have dived with no pain,” said Mitcham.

Mitcham scored perfect tens in his fifth dive of the competition today.

“I scored over 550 points here in the final today. My personal best (PB) is 564 points, so I am well on the way to regaining my form.

I am starting to feel like the ‘old me’ at last. It doesn’t feel perfect yet, but everything is starting to work now.”

His combined score in winning this event was 1514.85 points, ahead of Victoria’s James Connor, scoring 1362.80 points.

The team for the 2012 London Olympics will be announced on May 25 at the AIS Diving Unit in Brisbane by the Australian Olympic Committee.