Physics student dives into bronze at Rio Olympics

8 Aug 2016

Congratulations to UQ Bachelor of Science third year student and sporting star Maddison Keeney who has won a bronze medal in the Women’s three metre Synchronised Springboard event at the 2016 Rio Olympics. 

Competing in her first Olympic Games, UQ Sport Achievement Scholarship recipient Maddison and teammate Anabelle Smith trailed the podium places for much of the event, before a final round dive lifted the duo into third place. 

The pair finished on 299.19 points to deny Canada bronze by 0.87 of a point. China claimed gold ahead of Italy. View the ABC coverage here.

“Maddison is taking PHYS3080 (Extra-galactic Astrophysics and Cosmology) this semester as well as doing her PHYS3900 (Perspectives in Physics Research) project with me,” ARC Future Fellow Dr David Parkinson said.

“I saw the channel 7 coverage this morning, and she mentioned the University of Queensland physics course in the interview.”

In the individual Women’s three metre Springboard final, Maddison took 5th place with a final score of 349.65 – 23 points shy of a second bronze medal.

Visit UQ News for updates with results from UQ athletes competing at the XXXI Olympiad. 

Maddison is among eight University of Queensland students and graduates representing Australia at next month’s Rio Olympics from 5 to 21 August.

You can send messages of congratulations and support to Maddison and fellow UQ Science sporting star Bianca Hammett via their hyperlinked web sites.

Visit UQ News for updates with results from UQ athletes competing at the XXXI Olympiad.