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Wiggins misses medal but holds her own
By Liam FitzGibbon
02:14 AEST Wed Aug 1 2012

She fell short of a third Olympic medal, but veteran Loudy Wiggins reckons her London comeback performance proves platform diving isn't just a young woman's game.

Wiggins, 33, and partner Rachel Bugg had to settle for fourth in Tuesday's synchronised 10m platform final, as China claimed their third medal from as many diving events.

The mother of one returned to the sport at the start of the year and was disappointed she couldn't claim a medal at her fourth Games to add to the bronze ones she collected in Sydney and Atlanta.

But she had no regrets about her comeback, describing the result as "pretty cool" saying she didn't feel out of place against competitors mainly in their teens and 20s.

"I think I held my own today and showed that age isn't really that much of an issue," said Wiggins, the oldest platform competitor, male or female, in London.

"I'm pretty sure the judges weren't looking at me and saying that's a 33 year-old, I got paid well for all my dives.

"... It's a young person's sport for a reason you - travel at 60k's an hour and the water feels like concrete when you hit it.

"But it's a good thing that I'm quite small and quite compact and that's why my body can handle it... Everyone thinks I'm crazy."

Wiggins has not ruled out continuing on in diving but said her husband, former Carlton AFL footballer Simon Wiggins, would have a big say.

"It's been such a family effort," Wiggins said.

"Having a toddler at home, when I travel a lot of the load is on him.

"Definitely he's been part of the journey as much as me and as much as Rachel."

If Bugg gets her way, Wiggins will continue right on until the 2016 Rio Olympics as a 37 year-old.

"I've got to talk to Simon into letting Loudy stay diving with me," Bugg said.

Wiggins and Bugg were in the medal hunt right up until the last dive but couldn't quite deliver the big finish needed.

China's Chen Ruolin and Wang Hoa won the gold with 368.40 ahead of Mexico's Paola Espinosa Sanchez and Alejandra Orozco Loza (343.23).

Canada's Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion (337.62) avoided any disasters on their final dive to hold Australia (323.55) out of third place.

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