Filion qualifies fourth for 10-m final

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Louis Daignault (ISN) 

July 24, 2013, BARCELONA (ISN) – Olympic medallist Roseline Filion of Laval, Que., qualified fourth for the women’s 10-metre tower final on Wednesday in diving competition at the FINA World Championships.

In the afternoon semis, two-time Olympic champion and defending world champion Ruolin Chen of China posted the top score with 373.65 points. Tonia Couch of Britain was second at 368.15, Yajie Si of China third at 341.85 and Filion followed at 327.45. It was a nice comeback for Filion who ranked 13th in the morning preliminaries.

”The hardest part of the competition is now done,” said Filion, 26, a silver medallist earlier this week on 10-m synchro with Meaghan Benfeito. ”A day with prelims and semis takes a lot of energy especially on a hot day like today and 36 divers in the competition. I was glad I was able to relax properly between the prelims and semis to refocus.”

Filion says her most important is dive is her opening forward three and half. She muffed it in the prelims then received a string of 8.0’s from the judges in the semis.

”It’s a dive I’ve spent a lot of time working on this year,” said Filion. ”Doing it well in the semis has given me a lot of confidence as well for the finals. If icando that dive well and maintain my consistency I should have a good final.”

Carol-Ann Ware of Beloeil, Que., was 24th in the prelims and did not advance.

The final is on Thursday along with the prelims and semis on men’s three-metre featuring Olympians François Imbeau-Dulac of St-Lazare, Que., and Riley McCormick of Victoria.