Canadians edged for bronze at diving Grand Prix

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Louis Daignault (ISN)

June 28, 2013, BOLZANO, Italy (ISN) – Emma Friesen of North Vancouver and Aimee Harrison of Winnipeg took fourth spot on women’s three-metre synchro on Friday to open the sixth and final stop on the FINA Grand Prix diving circuit.

Tania Cagnotto and Francesca Dallape of Italy won the gold with 311.10 points, Liu Tian and Luo Ying of China second at 287.70 and Maria Marconi and Elena Bertocchi of Italy third at 254.40. Friesen and Harrison, who were sixth entering their last dive, nearly snared the bronze finishing at 254.19.

On women’s 10-metre tower, Celina Toth of Victoria posted the second best score in the semifinal to advance to Saturday’s final.

Jiaming Zhu of China is in first place after scoring 311.00 in the semis followed by Toth at 292.20 and Villo Kormos of Hungary is third at 276.95. Taylor Olanski of London, Ont., was 12th overall in the semis and did not advance. The final is Saturday.

The competition was held outdoors and featured rain and cool weather in the morning preliminaries before clearing up in the afternoon.

”This afternoon’s semi was perfect weather and I was a little more nervous but I was confident in what I’ve done to prepare for this,” said Toth. ”I was consistent throughout the event and nailed the dive I missed in the morning. I scored better in the semi which is an improvement for me over the past few Grand Prix I’ve been to.”

Toth ranked fourth in the prelims.

”We started off stressing about the weather but I wasn’t letting that bother me,” she said. ”I was laughing it off and ready to dive. I missed one dive this morning but I was sharp and confident.”

On men’s three-metre springboard, Nicholas Beaupré was 11th overall in the semis and did not advance and Vincent Riendeau of Pointe-Claire, Que., was 16th in the prelims.

Scott Harrigan
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