Shixin Li (diving) was the busiest Australian diver in Birmingham where he competed in four events, winning medals in three: silver in the hotly-contested 1m springboard, silver in mixed 3m synchronised with Maddison Keeney and bronze in 3m synchronised with Sam Fricker. He was also 5th in 3m individual. Li was born in China and was recruited to become a diving coach in Australia in 2017 before being convinced to join the Diving Australia National Squad having earned citizenship in 2019. He brought with him a long list of successes competing for his native country, including 1m springboard gold at the 2011 and 2013 FINA World Championships, before originally retiring in 2014. Aged 33, he was Australia’s oldest ever Olympic debutant in the sport at Tokyo 2020 where he finished 27th in the 3m springboard. On the eve of the Birmingham Games, Li won bronze in the men’s 1m springboard at the Budapest world championships, marking his third medal in the event and the first individual medal for an Australian male at the biennial competition since Matthew Mitcham’s bronze in 2009 in the same event. Li trains in Adelaide which means he is away for long periods from his wife and three daughters in Melbourne.
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