Naples: Canada’s Elaena Dick four points short of the podium
Elaena Dick of Edmonton was less than four points from a podium on Thursday on women’s 10-m tower in diving action at the World University Games.
Alejandra Estrella of Mexico won the gold medal with 327.65 points, Eunbi Cho of South Korea was second at 281.25, Gemma McArthur of Scotland third at 267.95 and Dick, first in the semifinals, followed at 264.15.
‘’It didn’t go as I had hoped,’’ said Dick, a kinesiology student at the University of Toronto. ‘’I ended up missing my inward dive which was frustrating but my front three and half continued to be consistent. It has come a long way since the start of the season. Overall a bunch of little mistakes ended up making a big difference.’?
On men’s three-metre, Chengming Liu of China won the gold with Jaegyeong Yi of South Korea second and Ilia Molchanov of Russia third.
Peter Thach Mai of Montreal, second in the morning semis with 405.80, took seventh in the final at 377.45.
‘’My semis were one of my best international performances of my career,’’ said Thach Mai, a human sciences student at Ahuntsic College in Montreal. ‘’It wasn’t as good in the final. My takeoffs were really strong but my execution was heavy.’’
Mia Vallée of College de Maisonneuve in Montreal was also seventh in the women’s one-metre final.
Competition continues Friday with the men’s 10-m synchro final with Ethan Pitman of Edmonton and Laurent Gosselin-Paradis of Montreal and prelims on women’s individual three-metre with Vallée and Olivia Chamandy of Montreal.
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