July 18,2014(ISN) – SHANGHAI – Canada’s Roseline Filion took fifth spot on women’s 10-metre tower
Friday, a career best performance at the FINA World Cup diving competition, but
she knows the result could have been higher.
The usually dominant Chinese divers appeared off their game on Friday but they still
finished 1-2 with Xiaohui Huang first at 373.60 and Huixia Liu second 354.35.
Melissa Wu of Australia was third at 349.50. Tonia Couch of Britain was fourth at
330.90 followed by Filion at 327.45.
That made it a frustrating night for the two-time Canadian Olympian who was enjoying
a career-year on the individual tower in 2014. She finished in the top-five
including two medal performances in all five FINA World Series events this year and
earned a silver at a FINA Grand Prix.
”It wasn’t a good representation of my season tonight,” said Filion of Laval, Que.
”I was feeling very confident and I was excited about showing the fruits of all my
efforts. It’s disappointing not to be on the podium.”
It seemed all the competitors had a rough night. Even the Chinese missed some dives
but rather than the competition capitalizing on their mistakes, the Chinese made
their opponents pay for theirs.
”The door was wide open,” said Filion. ”I don’t have any theory why it was a
tough night for so many entries except that many of us did a lot diving in the last
The women’s 10-metre synchro was held on Thursday with Filion and Meaghan Benfeito
of Montreal winning the bronze. Over two days, the Canadians did five rounds of
dives for 25 dives total.
Benfeito, also a medal contender, took ninth spot on Friday at 316.05.
In the men’s three-metre semifinal, François Imbeau-Dulac of St-Lazare, Que., was
18th and Cody Yano of Edmonton 28th. Neither advances to Saturday’s final.
Imbeau-Dulac, 13th at the 2012 Olympics, was forced to make some major technical
adjustments this year due to a hip injury.
”This was not the result I wanted and it shows I still have a lot of work to do,”
he said. ”The good news is that I don’t feel any pain now in my hip and back. I’m
confident that these changes are going to work out for me.”
Competition continues Saturday. Besides the men’s three-metre final, there is the
women’s three-metre preliminaries and semifinals featuring Jennifer Abel of Laval
and Pamela Ware of Beloeil, Que.