Roseline Filion misses podium at diving World Cup
Canadian will be medal contender Commonwealth Games
Canada's Roseline Filion took fifth place on the women's 10-metre tower Friday at a FINA World Cup diving competition in Shanghai.
Chinese divers finished 1-2 with Xiaohui Huang first at 373.60 and Huixia Liu second at 354.35. Melissa Wu of Australia was third at 349.50, and Tonia Couch of Britain was fourth at 330.90. Filion followed at 327.45.
Filion's fifth-place finish was a frustrating one for the two-time Olympian, who was enjoying a career year on the individual tower. She finished in the top five, including two medal performances, in all five FINA World Series events this year and earned a silver at a FINA Grand Prix.
"It wasn't a good representation of my season tonight," said the Laval, Que., native. "I was feeling very confident and I was excited about showing the fruits of all my efforts. It's disappointing not to be on the podium."
The women's 10-metre synchro was held on Thursday, with Filion and Meaghan Benfeito of Montreal winning bronze. Over two days, the Canadians did five rounds of dives for 25 dives total.
Benfeito, also a medal contender, took ninth spot on Friday at 316.05.
Filion and Benfeito will be contenders for gold in the synchro event at the Commonwealth Games, which open in Glasgow, Scotland on Wednesday. The diving events start July 30. Live event coverage will be streamed daily on CBCSports.ca.
Canadians miss men's final
In the men's three-metre semifinal, Francois Imbeau-Dulac of St-Lazare, Que., was 18th and Cody Yano of Edmonton was 28th. Neither advanced to Saturday's final.
Imbeau-Dulac, 13th at the 2012 Olympics, was forced to make some major technical adjustments this year due to a hip injury.
"This was not the result I wanted and it shows I still have a lot of work to do," he said. "The good news is that I don't feel any pain now in my hip and back. I'm confident that these changes are going to work out for me."
With files from CBCSports.ca
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