Celina Toth wins Canada’s first diving medal at World University Games
DivingTAIPEI – Celina Toth of the University of Victoria won Canada’s first diving medal at the World University Games on Wednesday with the bronze on women’s 10-metre tower. The University of Toronto’s Elaena Dick followed in fourth.
‘’This was a great way to end a tough season for me on individual tower,’’ said Toth, 25, from St. Thomas, Ont. ‘’With an up and down season I came here not really knowing what to expect. This ranks up there in my career highlights.’’
North Korean divers were 1-2 with Kuk Hyang Kim taking the gold at 350.55 and Un Hyang Kim the silver at 335.25. Toth followed at 329.20 and Dick scored 310.80.
Toth suffered a thumb injury in practice on Tuesday which added to her nerves.
‘’I was worried it would affect my entries,’’ said Toth, gold medallist on 10m synchro at the last World University Games in 2015. ‘’But in diving, injuries are part of the game and I was really determined to work through it.’’
Dick didn’t seem to disappointed to be so close to a medal.
‘’I was able to improve my reverse which was one of my goals,’’ said the 18-year-old from Edmonton. ‘’I would have liked to have done better on a couple of dives but overall I’m pleased with the result.’’
On men’s three-metre, Peter Thach Mai of Montreal and Tyler Hentschel of Edmonton were 14th and 15th in the semifinal and did not advance.
Canadians return to action Friday with Dick and Ashley McCool of Calgary on women’s three-metre.
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