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Mitcham may make springboard switch
Liam FitzGibbon
17:00 AEST Sun Aug 12 2012

Matthew Mitcham has suggested his future lies in springboard diving after failing to defend his Olympic platform title in London.

Beijing gold medallist Mitcham's dream of back-to-back titles ended in tears as a preparation spoiled by an abdominal muscle injury took its toll and he missed the final.

While Mitcham had planned to retire after his second Games, the enjoyment of competing in London and the desire to keep competing has forced a rethink.

And he's dropped a strong hint he could give up his pet event and focus on the shorter discipline in a move that could preserve his body allow him to target a third Olympics in Rio.

Mitcham has competed in springboard events in the past in tandem with platform diving, claiming 1m springboard bronze at the 2009 Rome world championships and silver at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

"I've never been solely a springboard diver, I've always kind of been and platform specialist and done springboard either to fill spot or just because I was semi OK at it," Mitcham said.

"But I have been in discussion with my coach Chava (Sobrino) about the possibility becoming solely a springboard diver so it's certainly a possibility.

"I'm not really going to take a holiday when I get home. I'm going to start working on the strength required to be a springboard diver straight away because it's going to take a long time to get my thighs as big as (Beijing springboard gold medallist) He Chong's."

While Mitcham would not rule out continuing on the platform, he won't be approaching any switch to the springboard half-heartedly.

"I'm going to start and see how it goes from there. It's going to take a while for me to learn all the dives," he said.

"If I'm going to do it, I'm going to do it properly."

Whichever path Mitcham decides to take with his diving career, he is adamant he will be in Rio in one form or another.

"The Olympics is just such an amazing experience and I never want to miss another one again," he said.

"Whether it's as a diver, a springboard diver or whether it's media or anything, I definitely am going to be in Rio."

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