Canada’s Peter Thach Mai wins silver medal at diving Grand Prix
Diving Canada – BOLZANO, Italy – Peter Thach Mai of Montreal won the silver medal on Saturday on men’s three-metre at the fifth stop on the FINA Grand Prix diving circuit.
Sebastian Morales of Colombia won the gold medal with 447.25 points, Thach Mai followed at 386.90 for his second career Grand Prix medal while Lorenzo Marsaglia of Italy took the bronze with 385.25.
‘’It was a very consistent meet for me,’’ said Thach Mai, tuning up for next month’s World University Games. ‘’There were some things I could have done better but I was really happy with my execution. My last twisting dive was the one I was most pleased with because I was able to manage the stress of the situation.’’
In the women’s 10-m tower final, Minje Zhang of China won the gold with 324.40, Noemi Batki of Italy was second at 287.90 and Ellen Ek of Sweden third at 275.25. Celina Toth of St. Thomas, Ont., struggled on her last two dives and was fifth at 268.35.
‘’It didn’t go as I had hoped,’’ said Toth. ‘’I wish I could have put the dives down. This is something I can learn from and try to remember I can’t let my guard down.’’
On men’s tower, Bryden Hattie of Victoria qualified for the men’s final. He was fourth in the preliminaries with 373.75 and third in his semifinal heat with 401.35 which was also the third best score overall in the semis.
‘’The dives I did in the semis were the best I’ve done them all week,’’ said Hattie. ‘’I’m happy and surprised.’’
The top-12 from the prelims are split into two groups in the semis, with the top-three from each advancing to Sunday’s final.
Ethan Pitman of Edmonton was third in the prelims and fourth in his semi heat missing the cut for the final by only 5.40 points.
‘’I had a steady performance in the prelims,’’ said Pitman. ‘’In the semifinal I was really happy with my reverse three and half which I usually struggle with. Unfortunately my other dives were not executed well enough to make the final.’’
Competition ends Sunday.
Full results: Diving