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Canada's Lysanne Richard held off high diving podium in China

Montreal's Lysanne Richard was fourth Sunday in the women's 20-metre high dive at the FINA World Cup in China with 296.10 points, only 2.05 back of Adriana Jimenez of Mexico. Aimee Harrison of Winnipeg was 13th in a field of 15.

Montreal athlete places 4th in women's 20m, fellow Canadian Aimee Harrison 13th

Lysanne Richard of Montreal competes in the women's 20-metre final at the FINA High Diving World Cup in Zhaoqing, China, on Sunday. She placed fourth, just 2.05 points back of a bronze-medal finish. (Zhe Ji/Getty Images)

Rhiannan Iffland of Australia continues to rule the high diving world and be a formidable challenge to Montreal's Lysanne Richard.

The 37-year-old Richard placed fourth Sunday in the women's 20-metre event at the FINA World Cup in China with 296.10 points, only 2.05 back of Adriana Jimenez of Mexico but 32.75 in arrears of Iffland's winning score of 328.85.

Iffland, the reigning three-time cliff diving World Series champion, opened the season on April 13 by winning on the Philippines' Palawan Island.

On Sunday, she earned 70.20 points for her 5143D (forward two somersaults 1 ½ twist) and 96.90 for her 5461C (inward three somersaults ½ twist).

"I could feel the pressure and all the eyes were on me, but I could manage it," Iffland said in a story published to the official FINA website.

Last November, Iffland won the FINA high diving World Cup title in Abu Dhabi with 322.95 points, defeating Richard, who qualified for this summer's world championships in Gwangju, South Korea.

A mother of three, Richard was third on Palawan Island and was third in the overall standings last year.

WATCH | Canada's Lysanne Richard opens the cliff diving season with a 3rd place finish:

Montreal's Lysanne Richard opened this year's cliff diving World Series with a third-place finish in the Philippines. 0:26

Jacqueline Valente of Brazil placed second (309.75) and repeatedly kissed her silver medal and waved her fists to the sky.  

Winnipeg-born Aimee Harrison, who is pursuing a psychology degree at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, finished 13th in the field of 15 with 233.10 points.

Among the 22-year-old's goals is to qualify for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Harrison competes in one-metre and three-metres events at the NCAA level.

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