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Sheehan bags diving gold on Gold Coast

AAP logoAAP 30/10/2016

Australian teenager Georgia Sheehan has upstaged her more fancied Chinese rivals to easily win gold in the women's three-metre springboard at the FINA Diving Grand Prix on the Gold Coast.

Sheehan, who took a break from her Year 12 exams to compete, held her nerve in windy conditions at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre - the venue for the 2018 Commonwealth Games - on Sunday.

Sheehan finished on 319.70, well ahead of China's Han Wang on 276.65, with Canada's Mia Vallee third with 262.75.

There was further good news for Australia, with Declan Stacey winning bronze in his first ever competition for his country in the men's platform.

The 23-year-old, a former elite level Australian gymnast, finished behind two world-class Chinese divers - world record holder Jian Yang (558.70 points) dominated while Hao Yang (423.90) edged out Stacey (413.25).

"I made the change because I was a bit disheartened because Australia is not as competitive in gymnastics as it is in diving," Stacey said.

"It's probably one of the best decisions I've ever made."

Sheehan was on the podium earlier in the day, winning a silver with Jayah Matthews in the women's springboard synchro.

Sheehan and Mathews (283.80) finished less than 15 points behind the Chinese pair of Han Wang and Zhihuan Xu (298.20), with Canada's Caeli McKay and Mia Vallee third.

The men's platform synchro final was reduced to just one team, China's Hao Yang and Zewei Xu winning the easiest gold medal of their career with a total of 393.24.

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