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Melissa Wu's Career Could Be Over After Injury On SAS Australia

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Melissa Wu's Career Could Be Over After Injury On SAS Australia

It may be career over for Olympic medallist Melissa Wu and we have Channel 7 reality show SAS Australia to thank for it.

Wu, who is currently featured on the new season of the hit reality show, has spent five months trying to recover from a back injury suffered during filming.

The show, which first debuted on Australian screens in 2020, features celebrities competing in bizarre challenges while being berated by ex-soldiers.

Melissa Wu. Credit: 7 Network Australia.
Melissa Wu. Credit: 7 Network Australia.
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The injury means Wu is no lock compete at July's Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, where she is the reigning gold medallist in the 10m individual platform diving and has previously won gold in the 10m synchronised platform.

"I am managing it the best I can and push forward with diving, but I have to be really careful about not pushing it too hard because then I'll go backwards," Wu told The Daily Telegraph.

"It is a fine line with how much I can push it so I am taking it day by day. I am not hugely confident that it will get better because it has been five months now. It is a physical issue but if it doesn't get better, it becomes a mental challenge to try and overcome that."

Wu explained that she has had disc problems in the past but that they have flared up since competing on the show.

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"I am trying to manage it the best I can. It has been trial and error with things that do and don't work. The frustrating part is we are treating it the way we have in the past, but it isn't responding well so I am not sure what will happen," Wu said.

Melissa Wu. Credit: Alamy
Melissa Wu. Credit: Alamy

"Comm Games is the main thing this year, but we have got nationals in early June. I have to keep it simple in my head and if I make the team, awesome. The biggest priority is getting my back right and that will determine how long I can dive for."

The 29-year-old has competed at two Olympic Games, winning silver in 2008 in Beijing and bronze at last year's Tokyo Olympics.

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"I don't want to retire based on this so I am pretty determined to push through it and figure out how I can get it better and good enough to compete. My goal for this year is to compete at the Commonwealth Games so I will be doing everything I can to get over this injury and get ready."

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