Roseline Filion eighth on tower at FINA World Championships

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Louis Daignault (ISN)

July 25, 2013, BARCELONA (ISN) – Roseline Filion of Laval, Que., placed eighth in the women’s 10-metre final in diving action Thursday at the FINA World Championships.

China was 1-2 with Yajie Si earning the gold with 392.15 points. She upset two-time Olympic and defending world champion Ruolin Chen in second at 388.70. Iulia Prokopchuk of Ukraine was third at 358.40.

Filion, a silver medallist earlier this week on 10-m synchro with Meaghan Benfeito of Montreal, equaled her best-ever international result in the event scoring 316.70. She was also eighth at the 2011 worlds and 10th at the London Olympics.

”I’m pleased with the result but disappointed in the solidity of my dives,” said Filion, 26, competing at her fifth worlds. ”It’s not a reflection of all the hard work I’ve put into it this year. Still a top-eight was my objective, it will give me more opportunities to compete internationally next season which sets me up well towards the Rio Olympics in 2016.”

The costliest dive for Filion was her inward three and a half in the third round. She received only 4.0’s and 4.5’s from the judges.

”It’s given me trouble all year,” said Filion. ”My take-off was good but I anticipated too quickly and opened too soon.”

In the men’s three-metre springboard preliminaries, François Imbeau-Dulac of St-Lazare, Que., and Riley McCormick of Victoria ranked 20th and 21st and did not advance.

”This was not indicative of what François could have achieved here,” said Mitch Geller, Diving Canada’s chief technical officer. ”I’m not worried about his result. Anybody who works as hard as he does, I have a lot of confidence in.”

McCormick Canada’s top 10-m diver the past several year decided to concentrate on three-metre this season to mend some nagging injuries.

Competition continues Friday with the preliminaries and semifinals on women’s three-metre featuring Jennifer Abel of Laval and Pamela Ware of Beloeil, Que.

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