Australian diver Cassiel Rousseau has opted to not defend his crown on the looming world championships in Qatar.
Rousseau turned Australia’s first world champion within the males’s 10-metre platform finally 12 months’s titles in Fukuoka, Japan.
However simply days earlier than Friday’s begin of the following worlds in Doha, Rousseau has elected to not defend his title.
As a substitute, the 22-year-old will compete within the males’s 10m synchronised occasion as he and Domonic Bedggood search to safe Australia a quota spot for the Olympic Video games in Paris beginning in July.
Rousseau’s 2023 world-title win assured him a spot within the 10m platform on the Paris Video games.
However Australia are but to lock in a males’s synchro slot for the Olympics, which is now the main focus for Rousseau.
“In diving, more often than not we prepare and compete on our personal,” Rousseau stated.
“The synchro occasions enable us to compete as a crew, and getting the chance to expertise that feeling at an Olympic Video games can be unreal.”
The Australia crew has made one other late change with Nikita Hains changing Charli Petrov because the accomplice of stalwart Melissa Wu within the ladies’s 10m synchro.
Petrov had been chosen for the occasion in December whereas recovering from stress fractures in her again.
However Diving Australia’s efficiency director Steve Foley stated the 16-year-old had didn’t show her health.
“We gave Charli each likelihood to be competition-ready however finally time received the higher of her,” Foley stated.
“She’s come a great distance in coaching in latest weeks however her profession is simply starting and we have to defend that.”
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