IT was a win years in the making and which has
finally erased the memory of a lost opportunity which has
haunted diver Maddison Keeney for two long years.
After a very public and embarrassing flop two years ago saw her
squander a chance of world medal success, Maddison Keeney
nailed it on Sunday at the Budapest world championships to win
her maiden world diving crown.
“It’s something I have been dreaming of for a long time,’’ said
Keeney, who suffers from nerves at big events.
The 21-year-old Rio Olympian expressed her relief after coming
from behind to win the 1m springboard event in Hungary on her
final dive in an act of redemption for her 2015 performance.
“It feels incredible, but also very relieving,” Keeney said.
“To be honest, I was relieved as soon as I did my hurdle on the
board, because I have a lot of bad memories from two years ago
that I want to overwrite.
“And so being able to put a performance on that I could be
proud of was the most important thing.
“And I was hoping so much that I would finally be able to win
this event after so many attempts.”
It was an emotional moment for Keeney who moved from 10th in a
field of 12 after the first round to gradually make her way
into the gold medal position.
Nailing a forward 2-1/2 somersaults with one twist in her final
dive secured her the crown.
“I wanted to redeem myself. I didn’t need to doubt myself. I
didn’t need to think about what happened in the past because I
knew that all the training, all the hard work I’d done, would
pay off,” Keeney said.
Keeney finished with 314.95 points to beat Russian Nadezhda
Bazhina by 10.25.
In other results, Melissa Wu and Domonic Bedggood finished
seventh in the platform mixed synchro final and Kevin Chavez
and Matthew Carter finished 12th in the men’s 3m synchro.
Originally published as
Keeney goes from flop to top of diving dais