Kazan: Canada comes up short of the podium on Day 1
A diving list is the collection of dives that an athlete or team will bust out in competition, with the hopes of nailing as many as possible, and winning the event.
On Friday, at FINA Diving World Series #4 in Kazan, Russia, two Canadian teams with somewhat different strategies when it comes to their list discovered that whatever your intentions, the results can be the same.
Olympian Meaghan Benfeito, 30, and Calgary’s Caeli McKay, 19, finished a disappointing fifth in the women’s 10m synchro platform, despite fielding the dive list with the highest degree-of-difficulty in the competition.
“Today was a difficult day, it just hasn’t been going very well lately,” said Montreal’s Benfeito, “It’s really just a bump in the road, we did it well in Calgary, we did it well in Montreal there was really no reason for it to be that bad today.”
The Canadians scored 272.70 points today, well below the 328.47 points they amassed at the Montreal Diving World Series which earned them a silver medal at the end of April.
“There’s ups and downs for everyone and I think right now we’re in a little slump but we’ll be back and we’re going to work on it and we’re going to be back on the podium soon,” said Benfeito.
China’s Chen Yuxi and Yuan Haoyan won the event with 338.70 points.
The men’s 3m synchro springboard was exceptionally close, with Canada’s Philippe Gagné, 21, and François Imbeau-Dulac, 28, finishing fourth, only 3.87 points from the gold medal, with a final score of 399.39 points.
“I think we were one of the most consistent teams, we do not have the degree of difficulty of the other competitors so for us it’s a little harder to get on the podium,” said Imbeau-Dulac about their dive list.
“I think we should be very proud of what we accomplished today, there were a few mistakes here and there but it was a very consistent event for us,” said the native of St-Lazare, Que.
Oleksandr Gorshkovozov and Oleg Kolodiy of Ukraine won the event with 403.26 points.
In the women’s 3m synchro springboard, Jennifer Abel, or Laval, Que., and Mélissa Citrini-Beaulieu, of Saint-Constant, Que., were seventh with 262.95 points.
Day 2 in Kazan features the women’s 10m platform, the men’s 3m springboard, and the mixed 10m synchro platform.
Full results can be found here: http://omegatiming.com/Competition?id=0001130003FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF&sport=AQ&year=
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