DV GP 2014: Australian rising talent Keeney is among those to watch

Teenage Australian diver Maddison Keeney has delivered a stunning performance on the opening day of the Commonwealth Games trials in Melbourne.

17-year-old Keeney won the 1m springboard gold with a score of 339.90 – a score which would have won gold at the last three World Championships and the last two Commonwealth Games.

“I really felt fantastic, that’s the best I’ve ever dived,” Keeney said.

“It’s taken me quite a while to get the hang of the dives I’m trying to do. When I first started they obviously didn’t go as well as they do now.”

Keeney admitted she had no idea how her score stacked up alongside other major event results.

“I don’t study up other scores, I just try and focus on my diving,” she said.

“I don’t follow the other divers’ scores.”

Gold at last year’s Barcelona World Championships was won with a score of 307, and two years earlier in Shanghai the winning score was 318.65.

In Delhi the winning score in the 1m final was 301.75.

Keeney announced herself to the world earlier this year when she won gold in the 3m at a FINA Grand Prix event in Madrid.

Experts say Keeney has a natural advantage over most other 1m divers because she attempts dives few others try.

Last year Keeney juggled her diving commitments and her final year at Churchlands High School in Perth, but moved to Brisbane to join the High Performance squad this year.

(Courtesy of Ross Solly, Diving Australia media officer)