Gay diver Matthew Mitcham competes with Tom Daley in Olympic heat

After the Australian Olympic champion promises to dive naked if he wins, Mitcham, Daley and world number one Qiu Bo qualify in the first heat

Gay diver Matthew Mitcham competes with Tom Daley in Olympic heat
10 August 2012

Gay diver Matthew Mitcham has qualified to go to the semi-finals after preliminary heats on the 10m diving platform at the London Olympics.

With 32 divers and six rounds, divers across the world came to the British capital to compete for 18 spots in one of the final competitions of the games.

The previous Olympic champion at Beijing four years ago, the Australian scored an impressive 456.2 points and finished in ninth place.

British favorite Tom Daley had a shaky fifth dive, and finished with 448.45 points in 15th place.

Predictably the Chinese dominated the heat, with world number one Qiu Bo coming top with 563.7 points.

As one of the 22 openly LGBT athletes at the London Olympics, Mitcham is hoping to tuck, pike, and rip his way to success.

On Twitter he told his loyal fans that if he won a gold medal, he promised he would perform a victory dive naked.

However the Australian has had to lower the difficulty of some of his dives after tearing a stomach muscle in Beijing.

Finding his form after a nine month break, Mitcham said: ‘I feel like the underdog again in London.

‘I’ve had a few injuries that have kept me from my best but it is good to go in without all that pressure.

‘No one expects me to win and I feel more comfortable when I am in that position. I believe I can win gold again in London. I’ve done it before and know what it takes.’

The divers will compete again tomorrow morning (11 August) in the semi-finals, where they will be whittled down to 12, and then compete in the finals on the same day.

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