Canada’s Lysanne Richard fifth in high diving at FINA World Championships
August 4, 2015
Diving Canada - KAZAN, Russia- Lysanne Richard, Canada’s only entry in the high diving competition at the FINA World Championships finished fifth in the women’s event on Tuesday.
Rachelle Simpson led the U.S. to a 1-2 finish with 258.70 points, Cesilie Carlton was second at 237.35 and Yana Nestsiarava of Belarus third at 233.10. Richard totalled 216.35.
“I was aiming for a podium finish but I gained a lot of confidence here,” said Richard, 34, second to Simpson at a recent RedBull Cliff Diving event in Texas. “I am going to work hard and continue to add more difficulty to my list. I feel after today I am ready to take that next step.”
Instead of using a board over a pool, high divers compete outdoors, leaping from 27m for the men and 20m for the women in a sport that developed from daredevil jumps off cliffs. Twisting and somersaulting in the air, they fall so fast that they must land feet first.
Richard was born in Chicoutimi, Que., and also performs for the National Circus School in Montreal.