Sept 13, 2014 (ISN) – PENZA, Russia – Wessel Brussen of Montreal and Molly Carlson of Thunder Bay, Ont.,
were the top Canadians on Saturday at the FINA World Junior Diving Championships.
Both divers reached their first final at the week-long competition.
On boys’ three-metre in the 14-15 age group, Zhu Han of China won the gold medal
with 466.15 points, Larsen Andreas Sargent of Denmark was second at 462.60 and Li
Zheng of China third at 446.25.
Brussen, 10th in the preliminaries, was ninth at 401.45. His training was disrupted
for six months this year due to injury
”It was a very good competition for me,” said Brussen. ”I know with more
training time a top-six would have been possible here. My optional dives were
strong and I improved on my compulsories. The prelims were a real battle for those
spots in the final and I was happy to gain a placing.”
Alexandre Corriveau of Terrebonne, Que., was 24th.
”I’m a bit mad at myself for one my dives,” he said. ”But I’m happy with how I
kept battling. Still the talent is so strong here you can’t afford a big mistake.”
On women’s 10-metre in the 16-18 age group, Lara Tarvit of Australia was the winner
with 438.05. She edged Alejandra Orozco of Mexico in second at 434.55 and Jie Lian
of China in third at 425.50. Carlson took 11th spot 376.15.
Samantha Maiorino of Pointe-Claire, Que., was 20th.
Competition ends Sunday.