Montreal Diving World Cup | McKay finishes just off the podium in the individual 10m

(Montreal) Adopted Montrealer Caeli McKay came very close to offering a medal to the Canadian delegation during the last event of the Diving World Cup held at the Olympic Park in Montreal.

McKay finished 1.60 points behind Great Britain’s Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix and third on the podium in the individual 10-metre platform event.

Spendolini-Sirieix had just seen McKay overtake her to third place in the provisional ranking during the fourth of five jumps. The Briton, however, did better on her last dive than her rival to win bronze.

McKay ultimately collected 383.10 points, compared to 384.70 for Spendolini-Sirieix.

The Chinese Yuxi Chen (415.35) and Hongchan Quan (411.45) climbed to the two highest steps of the podium.

Kate Miller of Ottawa finished eighth in her first career individual World Cup final. She amassed 295.85 points.

China won each of the nine competitions presented this weekend.

Canada has finished in fourth place four times and fifth place three times.

Earlier in the day, Aimee Wilson and Margo Erlam, both of Calgary, finished fourth in the synchronized 3-metre springboard event. They scored 285.90 points for their five jumps.

The Chinese Yiwen Chen and Yani Chang triumphed with a total of 329.40 points. Americans Kassidy Cook and Sarah Bacon (312.60) won silver and Australians Maddison Kenney and Anabelle Smith (297.60) took bronze.

Subsequently, Canadians Nathan Zsombor-Murray and Rylan Wiens took fifth place in the synchronized 10-metre platform event.

Zsombor-Murray, from Pointe-Claire, and Wiens, from Pike Lake, Saskatchewan, also finished in fifth position at the recent Aquatic Worlds in Doha. This performance confirmed their participation in this event at the Paris Olympic Games this summer.

On Sunday, they were in second place after the fourth of their six dives, even though Wiens had just slightly missed his jump.

The last two dives of Zsombor-Murray and Wiens had lower degrees of difficulty and their rivals took the opportunity to overtake them with higher jumps.


Rylan Wiens and Nathan Zsombor-Murray

“For sure we are a little disappointed,” admitted Zsombor-Murray. We were very close to a medal. I did very well and I am very proud of my performance, but I know that he (Wiens) is disappointed with his fourth dive. He can do it better. »

Zsombor-Murray and Wiens finished the competition with 409.95 points.

The Chinese Junjie Lian and Hao Yang dominated the event with a total of 457.23 points. They were accompanied on the podium by the Mexicans Kevin Berlin Reyes and Randal Willars Valdez (428.97) and the British Noah Williams and Thomas Daley (417.93).

“It would help us to have another dive with a higher level of difficulty,” admitted Zsombor-Murray. But if all our dives in this list are successful, we are capable of winning a medal. »

Montreal’s Cédric Fofana then took eighth place in his first career World Cup final.

The 20-year-old diver collected 416.05 points in his six jumps and showed great consistency. He crossed the 400 points mark for the first time during an international competition.

“It was time for me to cross it,” Fofana said. I knew I was capable of it. At Nationals, I do that all the time, but I had to do it internationally.

“I managed to calm my nerves and not get too distracted by others,” he added. It helped me to stay in my bubble. »

China’s Zongyuan Wang triumphed with a total of 549.50 points. He beat the Mexican Osmar Olvera Ibarra (512.75) and the British Jack Laugher (506.00).


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