Canadians Toth and Thach Mai advance to finals at FINA diving Grand Prix
Diving – GOLD COAST, Australia – Windy conditions didn’t deter Celina Toth of St. Thomas, Ont., and Peter Thach Mai of Montreal who qualified for their respective finals at the eighth and final stop on the FINA Grand Prix circuit in diving.
The competition was held at an outdoor venue and the gusty weather made it an uncomfortable day for the divers. Gold Coast is the city that will host the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
On women’s 10-m tower, Toth was second in both her preliminaries and her semifinal. She dropped from 289.25 in the prelims to 267.45 in the semis.
‘’The scores may not show that my semi final was better than my prelim. I was much happier with my semi final performance,’’ said Toth, a double medallist at the World University Games this past summer.
‘’I was much stronger and quicker on my dives. A lot of divers underperformed due to fear of poor weather conditions and I’m very proud to have done what I did today. I’ve shown I can do what I’ve been working on no matter what distractions we have.’’
On men’s three-metre, Thach Mai was ninth in the semifinal with 356.20 points and improved to 375.00 to place second in his semifinal heat and fifth overall. The top-three of each of the two semis advance to Saturday’s final.
‘’I was pretty nervous about the competition,’’ said Thach Mai, a gold medallist earlier this season at the Grand Prix in Madrid. ‘’My practices weren’t great and I was lacking stability. The high winds were also worrying me but that probably helped me keep me focused on my dives.’’
Tyler Henschel of Edmonton was 17th in the semis.
Competition continues Friday with the prelims and semis on men’s tower and women’s three-metre.
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