Canadian Despatie dives to bronze in China
Alexandre Despatie of Laval, Que., captured a bronze medal in the men's three-metre springboard Saturday in Nanjing, China atthe third and final stop of the FINA Diving World Series.
Chinese divers once again topped the podium as He Chong won gold with 556.55 points, while world champion Qin Kai —the winner at the first two stops —took silver with 555.45. Despatie was third with 523.50.
With the series concluding Sunday, Chinese divers have captured all 20 gold medals so far.
Despatie, who landed silver at the series opener in Sheffield, England, two weeks ago and bronze in Mexico City last weekend, said Saturday's was his best performance on the circuit.
"I saw a lot of progress in my three-metre performance today," said Despatie. "It was a tough competition, everyone was diving well."
In thewomen's 10-metre tower, Chinese teenagersfinished 1-2. Chen Ruolin totalled 443.50 points, followed by Wang Xin with 432.55 and Mexican Paola Espinosa with 400.85.
Emilie Heymans of St-Lambert, Que., was only 10 points from bronze, which she won at the series opener.
"It was a very positive performance, especially since I had accumulated a lot of fatigue over the past three weeks," said Heymans, the 2003 world champion in the event. "Still, it was far from perfect."
The Diving World Series is reserved for the cream of the crop in the sport, with the top eight from the world championships in the individual events and the top six in the synchro events receiving invitations to compete.
Medallists receive $5,000, $4,000 and $3,000, while the top three overall in each event at the end of the series get $10,000, $8,000 and $6,000.
With files from the Canadian Press