CAELI MCKAY EIGHTH ON 10M PLATFORM
February 5, 2024 – Caeli McKay had certainly hoped for a better result in the 10m platform final at the World Aquatics Championships on Monday. The Calgarian, who is now based in Montréal, finished eighth with 310.05 points.
“I’m pretty disappointed, but things didn’t come easily to me today. I have a lot to work on when I get back home. For the past few weeks, I haven’t been able to train as often as I would have liked, and I know that when I train more consistently, I perform better than I did today (Monday),” explained McKay, moments after her final dive in Doha, Qatar.
The 24-year-old diver got off to a good start in the final, earning a score of 67.50 on her first dive, which put her in provisional fifth place. However, she had a bit more trouble with her third and fifth dives, which received identical scores of 57.60.
“Still, I had a few good moments during the final. Big things are coming up in the next few months, and I’ll be ready.”
Hongchan Quan (436.25 points) and Yuxi Chen (427.80 points) finished first and second, respectively. They were accompanied on the podium by Andrea Spendolini Sirieix of Great Britain (377.10 points).
Earlier in the day, McKay had secured her spot in the final with a twelfth-place finish in the semi-final, with 273.15 points.
McKay will be back in action on Tuesday for the 10m synchronized final with Kate Miller.
“I’ll use today’s disappointment as motivation for the synchronized competition. I’m feeling a bit of rage right now. I want to fix my mistakes and get back on track as quickly as possible. I’m sure the competition with Kate will a lot of fun,” concluded McKay.
Cédric Fofana will also compete on Tuesday, in the preliminary rounds of the 3m springboard event. The semi-finals and finals will take place the following day.