(Doha) Quebecer Jacqueline Simoneau won the gold medal in artistic swimming on Tuesday at the World Aquatic Sports Championships in Doha, Qatar.
Simoneau, from Chambly, scored 264,8207 points for her routine in the final of the free solo event, surpassing her Greek rival Evangelia Platanioti, who scored 253,2833 points, and Russian Vasilina Khandoshka (245,1042). It was her first career gold medal at the Senior Aquatics Worlds, and her second medal overall in this competition.
On Sunday, the 27-year-old athlete shone by capturing the title of vice-world champion in the technical solo, in her first international final in more than two years.
Simoneau and his teammate Andrey Lamothe, of Montreal, also finished seventh in the final of the artistic swimming technical program in pairs on Monday.
On the other hand, Canada finished sixth in the technical team event in synchronized swimming, with a score of 253,3550. China triumphed after obtaining 299,8712 points in the final, ahead of Spain (275,8925 ) and Japan (275 8787), in order.
Earlier Tuesday, the Canadian women’s water polo team remained undefeated at the Worlds, after defeating Great Britain 20-5.
Montreal’s Élyse Lemay-Lavoie led Canada (2-0) with four goals, while her Manitoba teammate Shae La Roche added three to her record.
Axelle Crevier, Emma Wright, Blaire McDowell, Kindred Paul and Marilia Mimides hit the target on two occasions each, while Daphné Guèvremont, Verica Bakoc and Serena Browne completed the score for the representatives of the maple leaf.
Sixteen national teams are participating in the women’s water polo tournament in Doha.
Canada, which won its first match 24-2 against South Africa on Sunday, must finish among the top two teams in the standings to qualify for the Paris Olympics next summer.
Canada will now face Italy on Thursday. The Italians crushed South Africa 17-3 on Tuesday.
Furthermore, Montrealer Cédric Fofana was the best Canadian diver in the preliminary phase in the individual 3m springboard by virtue of his 34e place. Only the 18 best divers advanced to the semi-finals of this event, which will take place on Wednesday.
Canadians Caeli McKay and Kate Miller finished in sixth place in the 10m synchro final, with 287.34 points.
The event was won, unsurprisingly, by the Chinese Yuxi Chen and Hongchan Quan, who collected 362.22 points. They were ahead of the North Koreans Mi Rae Kim and Jin Mi Jo (320.70) as well as the British Lois Toulson and Andrea Spendolini Sirieix (299.34).
McKay, who trains at the Institut national du sport du Québec in Montreal, had settled for eighth place in the individual final on the 10m tower on Monday.