Canada's Roseline Filion 8th in women's 10m at diving worlds
14-year-old Si Yajie, 2-time Olympic gold medallist Chen Ruolin run away with gold, silver
Roseline Filion of Laval, Que., placed eighth in the women's 10-metre final in diving action Thursday at the FINA World Championships.
China was 1-2 with Yajie Si earning the gold with 392.15 points. She upset two-time Olympic and defending world champion Ruolin Chen in second at 388.70. Iulia Prokopchuk of Ukraine was third at 358.40.
Filion, a silver medallist earlier this week in 10-metre synchro with Meaghan Benfeito of Montreal, equalled her best-ever international result in the event scoring 316.70. She was also eighth at the 2011 worlds and 10th at the London Olympics.
"I'm pleased with the result but disappointed in the solidity of my dives," said Filion, 26, competing at her fifth worlds. "It's not a reflection of all the hard work I've put into it this year. Still a top-eight was my objective, it will give me more opportunities to compete internationally next season which sets me up well towards the Rio Olympics in 2016."
The costliest dive for Filion was her inward three and a half in the third round. She received only 4.0's and 4.5's from the judges.
"It's given me trouble all year," Filion said. "My take-off was good but I anticipated too quickly and opened too soon."
In the men's three-metre springboard preliminaries, Francois Imbeau-Dulac of St-Lazare, Que., and Riley McCormick of Victoria ranked 20th and 21st and did not advance.
"This was not indicative of what Francois could have achieved here," said Mitch Geller, Diving Canada's chief technical officer. "I'm not worried about his result. Anybody who works as hard as he does, I have a lot of confidence in."
McCormick, Canada's top 10-metre diver the past, decided to concentrate on three-metre this season to mend some nagging injuries.
Competition continues Friday with the preliminaries and semifinals in the women's three-metre, featuring Jennifer Abel of Laval and Pamela Ware of Beloeil, Que.
Lurz leads Germans to open water gold
Thomas Lurz knows there will come a time when he has to get on with life after swimming.
Yet the way things are going, he sees no need to trade his swimsuit for a business suit.
The 33-year-old Lurz added another world championship to his stellar open-water career Thursday, leading Germany to victory in the 5-kilometre team event at the world championships in Barcelona, Spain.
Lurz and teammates Christian Reichert and Isabelle Harle completed two laps around the Barcelona harbour course in 52 minutes, 54.9 seconds. They went out fourth in the staggered start, four minutes behind Russia in the leadoff spot, but passed the Russians as well as New Zealand and Italy to touch first, giving Lurz his sixth career gold at worlds.
"I haven't thought of Rio that much," Lurz said when asked if he planned to keep swimming through the 2016 Olympics. "I have to take care what I'm going to do after swimming. We will see what's going to happen these next few years. But I still feel good. As it stands now, I see no reason to stop. This is a great accomplishment."
Spyridon Gianniotis, Antonios Fokaidis and Kalliopi Araouzou of Greece took the silver medal in 54:03.3. The bronze went to the Brazilian team of Poliana Okimoto, Allan Do Carmo and Samuel De Bona in 54.03.5.
Gianniotis added to his gold in 10K, while Okimoto became a three-time medallist at this year's world championships. She won an individual gold in the 10K and a silver in the 5K.
"We went fast," Gianniotis said. "We trained a lot for this team event. We had the same coach and it was very good for our training. We swam for our country with all the passion."
The United States won the inaugural team event at the 2011 worlds in Shanghai, but only managed a sixth-place showing this time, less than a half-second out of a bronze. Teams must use at least one woman, and Hungary went with two females (finishing ninth out of 22 teams).
Lurz won his third medal of this year's championships and first gold. If he needs any additional motivation for Rio, he has yet to win an Olympic gold, settling for bronze in Beijing and a silver in London.
"It's great to win a race I've never won before," Lurz said. "Now this is something I have done in my career. I'm very proud of it."
Russians nab another synchro gold
Svetlana Romashina and Svetlana Kolesnichenko have given Russia another gold medal in synchronized swimming, easily winning the duet at the world championships.
The pair added to their gold in the duet technical, receiving a score of 97.680 points at Barcelona's Palau Sant Jordi arena. Jiang Tingting and Jiang Wenwen gave China the silver with 95.350, while Spain's Ona Carbonell and Margalida Crespi Jaume took bronze with 94.990.
Russia is now five-for-five in synchro and widely expected to repeat its sweep of all seven events at the 2011 worlds in Shanghai.
Romashina already has quite a haul, winning four golds in Barcelona to give her 14 for her world championship career.
With files from The Associated Press