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Olympic diver Melissa Wu quits SAS Australia after torturous trek

Melissa Wu QUITS SAS Australia after struggling through a torturous 5km trek through dense mangroves while tethered to her fellow recruits: ‘I’m not up to scratch physically’

Melissa Wu handed in her armband on Monday’s episode of SAS Australia

The Olympic diver, 29, failed to keep up with her fellow recruits during a group challenge in which they had to traverse a torturous five kilometres of dense mangroves while tethered together.

Sacrificing herself for the team, a fatigued Melissa broke away from the rope and admitted to DS Dean Stott she was ‘not up to scratch physically’.

Her time has come to an end: Melissa Wu (pictured), 29, QUIT SAS Australia on Monday’s episode after she struggled through a torturous five kilometre trek through dense mangroves while tethered to her fellow recruits. Pictured with DS Dean Stott 

The recruits were tasked with a gruelling test of strength in which they had to carry a package and make their way to an extraction point in under 45 minutes.

Ex-Bachelor Locky Gilbert, 32, took pole position at the front, carrying the package, in an attempt to redeem himself after failing a previous challenge.

‘The only way I’ll become a better person is if I finish this course. If I quit, I’m going to feel like a failure. So they’re going to have to drag my dead body out of the mud because I’m not giving the arm band up,’ he said.   

Tough: Melissa failed to keep up with her fellow recruits during a challenge in which they had to traverse a torturous five kilometres of dense mangroves while tethered together. The recruits had to carry a package and make their way to an extraction point in under 45 minutes

Tough: Melissa failed to keep up with her fellow recruits during a challenge in which they had to traverse a torturous five kilometres of dense mangroves while tethered together. The recruits had to carry a package and make their way to an extraction point in under 45 minutes

Despite his efforts, Locky struggled and later took a position at the end of the rope.

However, an extremely fatigued Melissa struggled the most, breaking the tether and separating herself from the group.

Sacrificing herself for her fellow recruits, Melissa told the DS before handing over her arm band, ‘I’m not up to scratch physically.’

Pushed to her limits: An extremely fatigued Melissa struggled the most, breaking the tether and separating herself from the group

Pushed to her limits: An extremely fatigued Melissa struggled the most, breaking the tether and separating herself from the group

Chief Instructor Ant Middleton praised Melissa for her selfless act, saying: ‘To make that decision takes huge integrity. A selfless person that puts the mission and their team before themselves.’

Preparing to leave the compound for the last time, Melissa later reflected on her journey on the show with Middleton.

‘I’m surprised I made it this far,’ she said. ‘I didn’t come in the fittest, and I knew that the team that I was with was also a lot fitter.

Gave it her all: Sacrificing herself for her fellow recruits, Melissa told the DS before handing over her arm band, 'I'm not up to scratch physically'

Gave it her all: Sacrificing herself for her fellow recruits, Melissa told the DS before handing over her arm band, ‘I’m not up to scratch physically’ 

‘I didn’t want to let anyone down. I pushed in longer and tried to hang in there a few more days after that, so I’m happy about that.’

Middleton had nothing but praise for Melissa, saying: ‘We are extremely proud of you and it’s okay not to always be strong.

‘You don’t always have to be that tough person that everyone relies on you to be. It’s okay to look to your peers, look to your loved ones.’ 

Proud: Preparing to leave the compound for the last time, Melissa later reflected on her journey on the show with Chief Instructor Ant Middleton. 'I'm surprised I made it this far,' she said. 'I didn't come in the fittest, and I knew that the team that I was with was also a lot fitter'

Proud: Preparing to leave the compound for the last time, Melissa later reflected on her journey on the show with Chief Instructor Ant Middleton. ‘I’m surprised I made it this far,’ she said. ‘I didn’t come in the fittest, and I knew that the team that I was with was also a lot fitter’ 

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