Australia's Matthew Mitcham stole the gold away from the Chinese in the 10m platform event with a perfect dive. The openly gay diver debuted at the Olympics on Monday, when he competed in the 3m event.

Scoring an incredible four perfect 10s, the twenty-year old diver stole the gold from favored Chinese diver Luxin Zhou on Friday.

After his fifth dive, Mitcham was set to win the silver medal, behind Zhou. But Chinese hearts were broken as Mitcham made his final plunge – a brilliant dive that broke Olympic scoring records at 112.10 – and stole the gold for Australia.

Mitcham came out in May when The Sydney Morning Herald asked whom he lived with. “I hadn't planned to do it all,” Mitcham told the Advocate. “It was just a question and it went from there.”

Mitcham, who has been competing since the age of 11, gave up the sport for six months two years ago when health issues and a heavy academic load overwhelmed the athlete.

“I had too much on my plate,” he told the Advocate. “Going to the Olympics was always a dream of mine, even winning a medal, but at the time my personal needs far outweighed the desire.”

At the start of 2007 – partied out and with new boyfriend, Lachlan, in tow – he returned to diving at the prestigious Sydney Aquatic Center.

The break payed off big time. In January, Mitcham broke records by becoming the first Australian to win the 1m, 3m and 10m springboard titles. Then in May, he shocked the world by winning the 10m platform event at the USA Grand Prix in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. On his fourth dive he scored four perfect 10s.

On winning the gold, Mitcham said: “Everything absolutely everything has been for this. I knew it was a far chance but I did everything, absolutely everything I could to give myself the best chance of doing it. It's actually happened. I never thought it would.”