(, August 23) -- 's quest for a sweep of gold ended in shocking fashion, as Matthew Mitcham of performed a spectacular 112.10-point final dive that overcame a 32.50-point gap and rocketed him into first place in the Men's 10m Platform. , the leader in the round through five dives, earned just 74.80 on his final dive to fall short of gold by 4.80 points.
China was hoping to earn the first Olympic Diving gold medal sweep in more than fifty years and a victory in the Men's 10m Platform would have given the host nation its 50th gold medal of the Beijing Olympic Games.
But on a rare off night for China's divers, an ascendant Mitcham, ranked No. 3 in the world, was brilliant. A 97.35-point second dive put him in contention for gold and the perfectly executed final dive, which had a degree of difficulty of 3.8, gave the 20-year-old diver the perfect ending to his Olympic debut.
"Absolutely surreal, I never thought it was possible," said Mitcham about
winning gold. "I wasn't even really sure of my medal chances at all. After the
last dive I thought 'that's it, silver medal, fantastic.' Then I looked up
and I'd come first."
Gleb Galperin of, the reigning world champion in the event, scored 102.60 on his final dive, and 525.80 points overall, to earn his second bronze medal of the . He and partner Dmitriy Dobroskok finished in third place in the Synchronized Platform event.
Zhou's teammatewas the leader after the morning's semifinal leader but in the final was unable to find his form. He was in third place after his first dive but scored only one 90-plus point dive in the round and finished in fourth place. Zhou won gold in the Synchronized event with his partner earlier in the Games.
Men's 10m Platform, final standings
1. Australia -- Matthew Mitcham, 537.95 points
2. China -- Zhou Luxin, 533.15
3. Russia --, 525.80
4. China -- Huo Liang, 508.40
5.-- Jose Antonio Guerra Oliva, 507.15
6. Australia -- Mathew Helm, 467.70
7.-- Thomas Daley, 463.55
8.-- Rommel Pacheco, 460.20
9.-- Patrick Hausding, 448.30
10.-- David Boudia, 441.45
11.-- Juan Guillermo Uran, 414.80
12. United States -- Thomas Finchum, 412.65