RULED OUT: Brittany Broben of Australia with her silver medal for the women's 10m platform final at London 2012 Olympics.
RULED OUT: Brittany Broben of Australia with her silver medal for the women's 10m platform final at London 2012 Olympics. TRACEY NEARMY

O'Brien called in to replace silver medallist

DIVING: New South Wales diver Brittany O'Brien has been called into Australian Olympic team to replace Queenslander Brittany Broben (pictured).

Broben, the silver medallist in the 10-metre platform event in London 2012, had had a long-running battle with a shoulder injury and was forced to withdraw.

She had surgery in 2014, missing the Commonwealth Games, before dislocating the shoulder during the Olympic trials in May.

O'Brien, 18, was named as a reserve for the team and will compete in the women's 10m platform with teammate Melissa Wu.

"Whilst still disappointed that Brittany Broben can't be a part of our team in Rio, we are very pleased that we have been able to replace her and we look forward to Brittany O'Brien joining us in Rio in the coming days. She will be the youngest member of our diving team,” Olympic team chef de mission Kitty Chiller said.

"Brittany O'Brien performed strongly in the Olympic selection trials and has maintained her training with the New South Wales-based members of the team and will be ready to go.”


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