London Diving World Series – Day 2
Diving Canada – Imbeau-Dulac and McKay score finals on Day 2
It’s starting to come together for Olympian François Imbeau-Dulac.
On Saturday, the 28 year-old from St-Lazare, Que. made the final in the men’s 3m springboard, and then turned in a score of 424.90 points to finish in sixth-place at the FINA Diving World Series #5 in London, England.
Still, it’s not all smooth diving for the veteran, who said he’s still working on one pesky dive, his reverse three-and-a-half tuck.
“It’s a dive I’ve been struggling with for probably my entire career,” said Imbeau-Dulac, “I’m starting to understand it much more and I think there’s still hope I can get that dive more consistent.”
Imbeau-Dulac said he ‘missed it’, a diver’s term for having a flawed dive, during Friday’s 3m synchro springboard with teammate Philippe Gagné. It also bit him today.
“I think it’s going to be very important to de-construct the dive and really work on the basics to be able to be more consistent, I know it’s going somewhere, I’ve been improving quite a lot technically but it’s not there yet so it’s just a question of time and perseverance,” said Imbeau-Dulac.
Even with a better third dive, Imbeau-Dulac doesn’t think he would have been in contention for the medals today.
“The goal was to make the final, so being there was a mission accomplished and I just wanted to prove that I deserve that place in the final,” said the Canadian.
Great Britain’s Jack Laugher delighted the home crowd with 562.65 points to win the gold medal.
In the women’s 10m platform, Calgary’s Caeli McKay was sixth in the final with 295.25 points while China’s Chen Yuxi picked up the win with 413.80 points.
McKay then teamed up with Beaconsfield, Que.’s Vincent Riendeau to grab fifth-place in the mixed 10m synchro by collecting 307.05 points.
Duan Yu and Zhang Minjie were first-place with 356.28 points.
The Diving World Series season comes to an end on Sunday with Olympians Jennifer Abel and Pamela Ware competing in the women’s 3m springboard while Riendeau will take on the men’s 10m platform.
Abel and Imbeau-Dulac will close the competition in the mixed 3m synchro springboard.
Full results can be found here: http://omegatiming.com/Competition?id=0001130004FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF&sport=AQ&year=2019
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