More medals for Canadian divers
Canada captured another two bronze medals Sunday in Nanjing, China, to conclude the third and final stop in the FINA Diving World Series.
Alexandre Despatie of Laval, Que., captured his second bronze of the meet by teaming with Arturo Miranda of Pointe-Claire, Que., to finish third in the men's three-metre synchro, while Émilie Heymans of Greenfield Park, Que., and partner Marie-Eve Marleau of Montreal were third in the women's 10-metre synchro.
Chinese divers, meanwhile, continued to display their power heading into next year's Olympic Games in Beijing, winning both events to complete a sweep of all 24 gold medals on the circuit.
In the men's three-metre, world champions Qin Kai and Wang Feng took their third consecutive gold with 471.45 points, while Erick Fornaris and Jorge Beta of Cuba were second at 424.68. Miranda and Despatie earned 411.06 points.
The world championship silver medallists from Canada were second at the first two World Series stops but made a major error on their fourth dive to drop to third on Sunday. Despite the mishap they still finished second overall on the circuit.
"Our timing was really off on that one dive and it was a costly mistake," said Despatie, who also finished second overall in the individual three-metre standings after earning a bronze medal on Saturday."We did three big competitions on consecutive weekends and we had strong results each time.
"There's still a lot of work to do. Despite today's mistake our synchronization is very strong. We just need to polish our dives."
In the women's 10-metre, China's Wang Xin and Chen Ruolin took the gold and overall title with 353.46 points. Australian pair Melissa Wu and Briony Cole followed at 340.56 points, while Heymans and Marleau were a close third at 339.90.
The Pan Am Games champions from Canada placed second overall in the World Series. They were second at the first two stops.
"We lacked some energy but still came out OK," said Marleau. "We're pretty satisfied. It's looking good for us for next year. And we got a really good look in this series at our top competition. We know what we need to work on."
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