Canadian Sport News (CSN
July 22, 2000
DESPATIE BRILLIANT IN DIVING VICTORY
THUNDER BAY, Ont.--Alexandre Despatie of Montreal scored three
marks and broke his Canadian record Saturday in a remarkable
men's 10-metre tower at the summer nationals diving championships.
Despatie, 15, scored 685.59 points to eclipse his previous
best of 683.04 set at the Winter Nationals in 1999. He scored
two perfect 10's on his
second dive, a 3 1/2 in tuck position and one more on his
front 3 1/2. Christopher Kalec of Montreal was second at 615.96
and Canadian junior
champion Nicolas Leblanc made a it a clean sweep for Montreal's
"I'm a bit surprised because my training was not going
well lately," said a
calm Despatie, preparing for both the world junior championships
in Calgary and the Olympic Games in September. "But I
guess the motivation
of competition got me in the right frame of mind. It was great
to see such
stability in my performance."
His score would have earned him the silver medal at the 1996
only seven points less than champion Dmitri Sautin of Russia.
"I've been feeling great and been injury free for awhile,"
now with four Canadian tower titles. "I gained a lot
of confidence today
but I won't put too much pressure on myself."
On women's three-metres, Eryn Bulmer of Calgary, ranked third
in the world,
won with 548.88 points. Blythe Hartley of North Vancouver,
second at 538.41 and Caroline Lauzon of Montreal third at
"I missed a dive in the final and I'm a bit disappointed
about that," said
Bulmer, heading to her second Olympics. "But overall
I was consistent. The most encouraging factor was my performance
in the compulsory dives
which are hard for me."
Competition ends Sunday with the women's 10-metre and men's
Saturday's results at the summer nationals diving competition
10-metre (final): 1. Alexandre Despatie, Montreal, 685.59
Chistopher Kalec, Montreal, 615.96; 3. Nicolas Leblanc, Montreal,
4. Erik Petursson, Calgary, 498.51; 5. Christian Picard, Montreal,
6. David Kalec, Montreal, 484.05; 7. Kevin Geyson, Winnipeg,
Three-metre (final): 1. Eryn Bulmer, Calgary, 548.88; 2. Blythe
North Vancouver, B.C., 538.41; 3. Caroline Lauzon, Montreal,
Melanie Rinaldi, Montreal, 463.80; 5. Adrienne Bell, Pointe-Claire,
456.54; 6. Meghan Zack, Edmonton, 453.09; 7. Katherine Bortenlanger,
Calgary, 446.52; 8. Kelsey Patterson, Edmonton, 445.05; 9.
Marleau, Montreal, 437.10; 10. Laura Knowles, Nepean, Ont.,