Surprise synchro bronze for Canada


April 25, 2014, DRESDEN, Germany (ISN) – Olivia Chamandy and Lindsay Leonard of Montreal won an unexpected bronze medal in the women’s three-metre synchro event on Friday at the International Youth Diving Meet competition.

Georgia Sheehan and Naomi Gowlett of Australia took the gold medal with 262.56 points, Christina Wassen and Elena Wassen of Germany were second at 260.73 and Chamandy and Leonard, aged 13-14 respectively,  followed at 254.40 out of 10 entries most of which were fielding 16 to 18-year-olds.

‘’We were confident after a good week of training together but we never thought we would get a medal,’’ said Chamandy.  ‘’The older girls had more difficult dives.’’

‘’It was a big surprise,’’ added Leonard.  ‘’But we executed just like we did in practice.  Hopefully we can compete together again at nationals.’’

Earlier an error on her first dive may have potentially cost the 13-year-old Chamandy a second medal but she was delighted with her fifth place finish on the 14-15 age group women’s platform.

Victoria Vincent of Britain took the gold medal with 340.40 points.  Felicitas Richter of Germany was second at 331.95 and Vlada Tatsenko of Ukraine third at 326.75. Chamandy, who started diving only five years ago, totaled 319.10.

‘’I felt pretty good about my performance overall,’’ said Chamandy.  ‘’I could have done my first dive better.’’

In the final, Chamandy received 3.5’s and 4.0’s for her reverse dive.  She bounced back with mostly 7.0’s for her twisting dive and backward dive.

‘’I usually get the reverse pretty good in practice,’’ said Chamandy.  ‘’I probably threw my shoulders to far back on the take-off.  I was glad with how I just forgot about it and came back strong.’’

Canada’s next best result was in the men’s 14-15 three-metre as Wessel Brussen of Montreal continued an impressive comeback from a back injury to place sixth.  Wessel’s training was disrupted for six months when he woke one morning last August and couldn’t move.

‘’This is my third competition this year and they have all been successful so far,’’ said Brussen, who improved his preliminary score by 40 points in the final.  ‘’The highlight for me today as being so consistent in the final.’’

On men’s one-metre for 16-18, Ethan Pitman of Edmonton was ninth and Peter Thach Mai of Montreal 11th.

‘’I showed a lot more consistency in the final,’’ said Pitman.  ‘’I don’t train on one-metre as much as on three-metre and 10-metre.  The one-metre is quite a difficult board and there is no room for error.  You have to go hard on all your dives.’’

Competition continues through to Sunday.Full results:

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