Broben wins silver in women's 10m platform

Gold Coast schoolgirl Brittany Broben showed nerves of steel to claim a silver medal in the women's 10m-platform diving final at the London Olympics on Thursday.

Broben, the youngest member of Australia's team at just 16, produced a brilliant final dive to emerge from a log-jam of athletes and claim the nation's first diving medal of these Games.

"It feels like a dream but I never want to wake up from it," Broben said.

"It's just so exciting. It's unbelievable it's the best thing that's ever happened to me."

She earned 366.50 points to finish behind brilliant Chinese diver Chen Ruolin, who defended her Olympic title with 422.30 to win the gold medal.

Malaysian Pandelela Rinong Pamg (359.20) was third but Australian Melissa Wu missed out on a medal by just 1.1 points, finishing fourth with 358.10.

Broben was on course for a medal until she dropped valuable points in her penultimate dive to put her at risk of missing out.

However she put her nerves to one side as she scored 81.60 off her final dive, a back two-and-a-half somersault with one-and-a-half twists, to ensure a medal.

"It was really scary," Broben said of the dive.

"My coach was like `whatever happens, happens, just go in and do it, have fun'.

"But I knew that it had to be pretty good to get a medal because there was like six points between all of us.

"I just wanted to do it, I really wanted to do it.

"I did almost fall off the platform because my legs were so shaky but I did it."