Edmonton’s Cody Yano impresses at Grand Prix

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Louis Daignault (ISN)

May 18, 2013, San Juan, Puerto Rico (ISN) – Cody Yano of Edmonton earned a personal best score and reached the final on men’s three-metre on Friday at the fifth stop on the FINA Grand Prix diving circuit.

Yano took second spot in his semifinal heat with 412.95 points to advance to his second career Grand Prix final. He was fifth at the Spanish Grand Prix in February. The 22-year-old finished behind Cesar Castro of Brazil in first at 448.85 while Constantin Blaha of Austria was third at 367.60. Nicholas Beaupré of Montreal was sixth.

The top-three in each of the two semis advanced to Sunday’s final.

”My goal was to break the 400-point barrier today,” said Yano. ”I knew it was possible if I stayed relaxed and did those dives to the best of my ability. Then to make the final is an absolute bonus and I’m looking forward to getting another crack at beating my score.”

Competition continues Saturday with the women’s three-metre final featuring Aimee Harrison of Winnipeg and Emma Friesen of North Vancouver while 15-year-old Philippe Gagné is in the men’s 10-metre final after placing second in his semi heat on Thursday.