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We're proud of you, Matt!

CREATED ON // Sunday, 03 August 2014 Author // Reg Domingo

Australian diver Matthew Mitcham has thanked his fans for their support after missing out on a medal in the 10m platform in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

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England’s Tom Daley claimed gold in the highly anticipated event with a score of 516.55.

Silver went to Malaysia’s Ooi Tze Liang with 433.70 while Vincent Riendeau of Canada won bronze with a score of 429.25.

Mitcham placed fourth with a score of 420.00.

“Naaw, what a shocker of a comp!” Mitcham posted on social media.

“Never mind, I’ve got one gold and two silver plunging pendant necklaces that I’m extremely proud of.

“Thank you all so much for all your wonderful support. I wouldn’t be the bursting ray of sunshine that I am without youse.”

Despite missing out on a spot on the 10m platform podium, Glasgow 2014 has proven to be Mitcham’s most successful Commonwealth Games yet, finally garnering him the elusive gold medal.

With diving partner Domonic Bedggood, the pair took out gold in the 10m platform synchronised diving.

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Above: Matthew Mitcham wins gold with Domonic Bedggood in the 10m platform synchronised diving

Mitcham also won two silver medals in Glasgow: one in the 3m springboard synchronised diving event with Grant Nel and another in the 1m individual springboard.

It brings Mitcham’s Commonwealth Games tally to six silver medals and one gold medal.

Speaking with Channel Ten, Mitcham expressed his excitement over finally taking home the gold.

“I was kind of putting a positive spin on it, saying, ‘You know, silver is actually really, really good – I don’t know what all the fuss is about this gold’. Then I got the gold and I decided to be a massive hypocrite and said, ‘Yes, this is all I ever wanted!’”

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Above: Matthew Mitcham with diving partner Grant Nel, after winning silver in the 3m springboard synchronised diving

Mitcham had previously said he was going to immediately retire after Glasgow but has now signalled the possibility of staying in competition.

“I had kind of decided that I was going to retire after this but my coach Chava, after seeing how well I’ve competed here, he’s kind of gone, ‘Don’t be too hasty’,” Mitcham said.

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Above: Matthew Mitcham wins silver in the 1m springboard

“But I’ve gotten to the stage in my career where I’ve achieved everything I ever wanted. In fact, it was this competition where I said, ‘Well, I’ve got an Olympic gold medal, I’ve got a World Cup gold medal, the only thing that missing from my gold medal trifecta is a Commonwealth Games gold medal and ta-dah!”

Send Matthew your messages of support on his official Facebook page here or follow him on Twitter here.

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Reg Domingo

Reg Domingo

Reg Domingo is the editor of SX.

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