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Diving in the Dunes

Jess Gough, Monday, 6 July 2009

A team of Aussie divers, invited to Qatar in March for the first of the FINA World Series, couldn't believe the reception they got in such an unusual city.

A small band of Aussie supporters based in Qatar cheered on Matthew Mitcham, Briony Cole, Melissa Wu and Sharleen Stratton as they competed in superb facilities against mostof the top divers in the world.

Matthew Mitcham dived for the first time since his Beijing gold medal, against his Chinese arch rival Zhou Luxin for a creditable silver medal performance with a 1.5 point difference....oh so close!!!

Apart from another strong performance from all members, the high point was a hair raising 4 wheel drive desert dune tour and camel rides. The dune tour saw them poised at the top of 40m dunes before sliding down the dune face to the bottom which kept their hearts racing.....who said Diving was challenging when you can do this!!

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