Gagné tunes up for Rio with gold at Olympic Trials and Summer Nationals
Diving Plongeon Canada – TORONTO – Rio Olympics-bound Philippe Gagné of Montreal earned a first career perfect 10 en route to the gold medal on men’s three-metre on Saturday at the Olympic Diving Trials and Summer Nationals competition.
Gagné took the gold with 481.85 points with Peter Thach Mai of Montreal second at 412.90 and Tyler Roberge of Edmonton third at 391.45. In the prelims, Gagné earned two perfect 10 marks for his reverse three and half.
‘’Getting the 10 was the highlight of my day because it had never happened to me before,’’ said Gagné, 18. ‘’That dive has always been one of my best dives that’s why I always save it until near the end.’’
On women’s 10-metre, Celina Toth of St. Thomas, Ont., was the winner with 339.50 points. Caeli McKay of Calgary, the three-metre winner on Friday, was second at 310.25 and Olivia Chamandy of Pointe-Claire, Que., third at 295.95.
‘’I felt very good about my performance,’’ said Toth, 24, also the tower champion at last year’s summer nationals. ‘’Even though I scored higher in the preliminaries I was actually more pleased with my final and how I came back strong from a poor dive.’’
This weekend’s competition was also the last in the Olympic selection but all the nominees, including Gagné, had been pre-selected based on international performances in accordance with Diving Canada’s Olympic selection criteria.
This week’s Summer Nationals will crown Canadian champions, select the Olympic alternates, select the Canadian teams for the FINA Grand Prix events in Italy, Malaysia, and Australia later this season.
The Olympic diving team will be nominated on Monday in Montreal.
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