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When a bronze is not a bronze


584-sehn-geyson-101012.jpgSo I am finished with my competition.

On Tuesday, I competed in the men's 10-metre synchro with Kevin Geyson. We really wanted a medal in this event and we placed third. For our first competition, we did very well. We have lots of room for improvement, which makes things interesting to see how far we can go. 

The problem is that they did not give us a medal for placing third. This is because there is only four teams in the event. I think they should give medals to the top three no matter what, but the rule is they only give medals for the top half, so if there were six teams, they would give the bronze. In the Commonwealth, there are only four teams - Australia, England, Canada and Malaysia. Most of the other countries are not as strong in diving, so they usually do not have one or two 10-metre divers. This makes it difficult to get enough teams in that event. It is a rule that is there, but I wish they would change it as winning third is still third. 

On Wednesday, I competed on the individual 10-metre event and I was sixth after the prelims. I was happy with it because I really only missed one dive and my tricep and wrist was holding up pretty good. Going into finals, I felt really good, but in the warm-up, I re-pulled my tricep. This hurt a lot and was tough to continue, but we started anyway. I dove pretty well and ended up sixth. I know I could have done better if I was healthy and not having so many problems. 

In any case, it was a very good Games. 

In this competition, I made a personal best on the three-metre springboard and the 10-metre platform. Once I have my surgery and am 100 per cent, I look to improve on these scores. 

With the Games being over, we haven't had one athlete get sick on our team, a little bit of the sniffles or what they call 'Delhi Belly.' The expected sickness rate for our team was 30 per cent. Everyone dove very well and, for a meet in October, this is a weird time to compete at this level. 

Mosquitoes were not bad at all and it was a lot of fun. I think it was OK to have so many precautions before we got to India. This is because it is better to be over-prepared than under-prepared. Transportation was very good, buses were on time and easy to use. The people were very, very friendly and very hospitable.

The food was amazing and the village, on the whole, was very good. This place had the potential to be so gorgeous, it was just a little unfinished. If they were to hold another competition someday, I would go. It was not as dangerous as we were told as many people did leave the village to go see the Taj Mahal and everything was just fine.

Now that this is over. I will be getting my surgery on October 21 and then recover. Once I am cleared to go, I'm back to training and getting ready for the upcoming year. 

Many thanks to Commonwealth Games Canada for everything. They did a great job in making sure all us athletes had an enjoyable time. Many thanks to CBC for allowing me to do this blog and to all the fans and people who watch and support amateur athletics.

(Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)