'What a legend': Aussie diver Melissa Wu creates Olympics history

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Melissa Wu (pictured left) diving in the 10m platform in Tokyo and (pictured right) hugging her coach after winning bronze.
Melissa Wu (pictured left) finally finished in a medal position at the Olympics after picking up bronze in the 10m platform in Tokyo. (Getty Image)

Aussie diver Melissa Wu has finally won an individual Olympic medal after placing third in the 10m diving at the Tokyo Olympics.

Wu made her third Olympics final after pulling off a back two and a half somersault with a one and a half twist to score 70.40 in the semi-final and advance.

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The Aussie diver was battling for third position in the finals after the world watched on as Quan Hongchan completed two perfect dives, scoring all 10s, before one judge gave her 9.5 in the final dive.

With bronze up for grabs, Wu scored a remarkable 81.6 and secured her first individual medal at the Olympics.

The Aussie has been diving since the age of 14 at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and while she has picked up many medals, an individual award has evaded her.

Wu placed 6th in Beijing 2008, 4th in London 2012 and 5th in Rio 2016.

But in Tokyo, she finally picked up a well-deserved medal.

World stunned after Quan Hongchan's near perfect feat

During the finals, 14-year-old Quan produced one of the greatest diving performances ever witnessed.

Heading into her final dive, Quan had scored perfect 10s from every judge on two dives.

The 14-year-old became Olympic champion with the highest score ever of 466.20.

Chinese diver Yuxi Chen, 16, came in second to complete a one-two for China.

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