Diving: World Juniors

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Sept 10, 2014 (ISN) – Another close medal call for Canada at FINA World Juniors

PENZA, Russia – There was another close call for a medal for Canada on Wednesday at
the FINA World Junior Diving Championships as Olivia Chamandy of Montreal took
fourth spot on girls platform for the 14-15 age group.

Song Angxin of China won the gold medal with 394.10 points, Lois Toulson of Britain
was second at 352.90 and Li Jingming of China third at 351.05. Chamandy scored
349.40, only 1.65 points from a medal spot.

”In the final, I really wanted to improve upon the dives I missed in
preliminaries,” said Chamandy, 14. ”I was especially focused on technique. I
really wanted a top-six finish here but I didn’t expect to be so close to a medal.”

Chamandy’s coach Stéphane Lapointe was proud of her performance.

”We wanted her to go out and do her best possible performance so we could see where
she stands internationally,” he said. ”I think doing the one-metre yesterday gave
her a good feeling for the competition and she was much less hesitant today.”

Caeli McKay of Calgary, fourth on one-metre on Tuesday, was eighth.

”I was pretty nervous going into finals,” said McKay. ”I was solid in
preliminaries and my compulsories were better than usual. My optionals were not as
precise in the final. I did think I had a chance to get a medal and probably
overthought it a little bit.”

In the women’s 16-18 one-metre, Molly Carlson of Thunder Bay, Ont., was 17th and
Becky Deacon of Edmonton 19th.

Competition continues through to Sunday.

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