Chantelle Newbery won Australia's first gold medal in diving since 1924, easily holding off China's Lao Lishi and Aussie teammate Loudy Tourky in women's 10-meter platform.
Newbery finished first with 590.31 points, prompting cheering Aussies to wave flags and plastic kangaroos at the indoor pool.
"I'm just rapt," she said. "I just can't believe the way it all turned out."
Lao earned silver with 576.30 points, while Tourky took bronze with 561.66.
Emilie Heymans of Canada, the current world champion, was fourth with 555.03. American Laura Wilkinson, the defending Olympic champion, finished fifth with 549.72.
"I'm a little bummed," Wilkinson said. "I thought it was going to be like Sydney. It wasn't, but I'm okay with that."
Four years ago, Wilkinson rallied from fifth place to win gold, taking advantage when those ahead of her botched their dives. She was the first American since 1964 to win the 10-meter title.
It was the 27-year-old Newbery's second medal of the Athens Games. She and teammate Irina Lashko earned bronze in three-meter synchronized diving Aug. 14. Her husband, Robert, also won bronze in synchronized 10-meter platform.
-- From News Services