Canadian Sport News (CSN)
(15 YEAR OLD) CANADIAN DIVERS WIN TWO MEDALS AT FINA GRAND
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida--Emilie Heymans of Montreal earned
a silver medal
on women's 10-metre and Alexandre Despatie of Montreal a bronze
tower this weekend at the eighth stop on the FINA Grand Prix
The competition was regarded as the last major meet before
the Olympics and
attracted most the sport's top stars.
On women's 10-metre, World Cup and defending Grand Prix champion
Li Na of
China scored 9.0's on her final dive to edge Heymans for the
Heymans, ranked fourth in the world, rebounded from last weekend's
disappointing performance at the Grand Prix in Montreal with
showing for second place at 517.11. Wang Rui of China was
third at 505.26
and world number-two Anne Montminy of Pointe-Claire, Que.,
Both Heymans and Montminy have earned their maximum eight
towards their final score at the Olympic trials June 9-11
"Emilie sent a message that the Olympic gold medal is
not in the bag for
the Chinese," said Heymans coach Michel Larouche of Montreal.
Chinese dive well, Emilie is probably the only diver that
can beat them."
On men's 10-metre, World Cup champion Tian Liang of China
took the gold
medal with 715.65 points. World champion Dmitry Sautin of
second at 647.88 and Despatie, the 14-year-old Commonwealth
posted his most impressive international result finishing
third at 585.51.
"No one expected him to finish third against this field
that's for sure,"
said Larouche. "At this kind of competition you really
need to be mentally
strong and Alexandre showed that. It was impressive that he
position during the entire final. He didn't dive extremely
well but he
made less errors than most of the others. He can perform each
of his dives
Tony Revitt of Delta, B.C., was 14th
The next stop on the Grand Prix circuit is May 18-21 at Juarez
Mexico. Canadian entries are Myriam Boileau, Anne-Josee Dionne,
Gauthier, Nicolas Leblanc and Chris Kalec, all of Montreal,
of Pointe-Claire, Que., and Arturo Miranda of Edmonton.
Weekend results at a FINA Grand Prix diving competition at
Three-metre: 1. Dmitry Sautin, Russia, 659.52; 2. Wang Tianling,
648.96; 3. Fernando Platas, Mexico, 639.09; 4. Robert Newbery,
632.97; 5. Ken Terauchi, Japan, 627.99; 6. Yu Zhuocheng, China,
Andreas Wels, Germany, 611.19; 8. Mark Ruiz, U.S., 602.07;
Dobrovskok, Russia, 595.62; 10. Joel Rodriguez, Mexico, 590.82.
Canadians: 18. Jeff Liberty, Calgary, 545.49.
10-metre: 1. Tian Liang, China, 715.65; 2. Dmitry Sautin,
3. Alexandre Despatie, Montreal, 585.51; 4. Robert Newbery,
580.68; 5. Mark Ruiz, U.S., 578.49; 6. Mathew Helm, Australia,
Igor Loukachin, Russia, 568.71; 8. David Pichler, U.S., 531.15;
Collier, U.S., 521.19; 10. M. Mazzuchi, Italy, 519.24.
Other Canadians: 14. Tony Revitt, Delta, B.C., 488.88.
Three-metre: 1. Vera Ilyna, Russia, 550.65; 2. Yulia Pakhalina,
530.85; 3. Guo Jingjing, China, 519.60; 4. Chantelle Michell,
504.15; 5. Svetlana Alekseeva, Belarus, 497.85; 6. Tania Cagnotto,
488.58; 7. Anna Lindberg, Sweden, 487.62; 8. Eryn Bulmer,
9. Sara Reiling, U.S., 464.31; 10. Tracy Bonner, U.S., 455.67.
Other Canadians: 13. Blythe Hartley, North Vancouver, B.C.,
10-metre: 1. Li Na, China, 517.47; 2. Emilie Heymans, Montreal,
Wang Rui, China, 505.26; 4. Anne Montminy, Pointe-Claire,
Que., 489.00; 5.
Loudy Tourky, Australia., 486.63; 6. Svetlana Timoshinina,
7. Mary Jose Alcala, Mexico, 447.54; 8. Kathy Pesek, U.S.,
439.98; 9. Kim
Berbari, U.S., 433.33; 10. Rebecca Gilmore, Australia, 424.14.