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Canadians McKay, Riendeau dive to silver at China World Cup event

Canada's Caeli McKay and Vincent Riendeau finished strong to land silver in mixed 10-metre synchronized diving at the FINA Diving World Cup in Wuhan, China on Monday.

China's Yajie Si, Junjie Lian take gold

Canada's Caeli McKay, pictured at the Canada Cup in May, won mixed synchronized silver along with Vincent Riendeau at the Diving World Cup in China on Monday. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Canada's Caeli McKay and Vincent Riendeau finished strong to land silver in mixed 10-metre synchronized diving at the FINA Diving World Cup in Wuhan, China on Monday.

​The Canadian duo improved with each dive, starting off their round with a score off 43.80 before finishing with a pair of 72s. Their total score of 301.20 was just good enough to steal silver.

Watch Canada's best compete at the World Cup in Wuhan, China. The event kicked off with the mixed 10m synchro and mixed team competitions. 2:38:46

"We're really excited," said McKay. "We haven't trained that much together. We just put everything together around three weeks ago."

McKay, from Calgary, and Riendeau, of Montreal, struggled with the compulsory section, sitting in eighth place after two of five dives. But the Canadians moved into third place before edging the Russia pair with their final dive.

"Caeli is an extremely powerful diver," said Riendeau. "She is one of the women who jumps the highest. So for me, doing synchro with her makes the task a little easier to time because she's able to match my height in the dives."

It’s not easy to compete in a sport where you’re almost naked, showing off pretty much all of your body. Canadian diver Vincent Riendeau says that looks are important in diving, so he’s always aware of how his body looks. 1:31

China's Yajie Si, Junjie Lian won gold with a commanding 353.31-point performance, while Russia's Valeriia Belova and Sergey Nazin snuck in for bronze with 299.88 points.

Click here on today at 12 p.m. ET to watch replay and analysis from the event, as well as an encore presentation of including the Canadian silver medal.

On Tuesday, the men's 3-metre synchro begins at 6:05 a.m. ET, with an encore presentation at 12 p.m. ET.

CBC Sports will live stream every competition from the event, which runs through Sunday.
 

With files from The Canadian Press

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