Croak claims silver in China
LOCAL diver Alexandra Croak teamed up with Melissa Wu to claim the silver medal in the synchronised 10m platform at the World Cup in China.
The same pair who won a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in 2006 has shown that they’re ready to go one step further in New Delhi when this year’s games are held in October.
Croak’s performance ensured Australia finished ahead of Canada in the event for the first time in five attempts this year, a very positive sign for future meetings.
The pair won their first medal as a team at an international meet after holding off a strong challenge from Canadians Roseline Filion and Meaghan Benefito, who came third.
China’s Chen Ruolin and Wang Hao won the gold medal.
The 25-year-old, who still calls Coffs Harbour home despite moving to Sydney, is a rarity in the annals of Australian sport in that she has represented her country at both the Olympic and Commonwealth Games in two different sports.
As a teenager in 2000 she was a member of the national gymnastics team before switching to diving in 2003.
Croak’s partner Wu summed up the satisfaction that the pair enjoyed after being presented with their medals in Changzhou.
“It was a really strong competition and it was great to finally beat the Canadians,” Wu said.
“We only finished 20 points behind the Chinese.
“We’re really pleased with this result. We were consistent throughout the final and executed every dive as well as we could.”