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Nathan Zsombor-Murray missed qualifying for the men’s 10m platform final on Saturday at the Olympic Games. 

The 18-year-old finished 13th behind Brazil’s Kawan Figueredo Pereira and missed qualifying by 2.55 points. The top 12 divers qualified for the final round. 

“A little obviously disappointed, barely missing out on the final, but I’m motivated,” said Zsombor-Murray. “I felt strong, I felt maybe a little tired; definitely the prelims took a little energy out of me mentally, but I’m not making any excuses. I think that I felt good, but maybe I was mentally lacking. 

“I know everyone at home is proud of me, and I’m proud of myself. To get here is an accomplishment.”

Zsombor-Murray (Pointe-Claire, QC) was fifth following Friday’s prelims and started strong on Saturday, scoring 81.6 points on his first dive – the inward three-and-a-half somersaults – to move into first place. 

However, he fell to 17th following his third dive – the back three-and-a-half somersaults – before recovering to finish 13th following his sixth dive.

“Mentally, I think I need to pace myself a bit. I tend to go sort of all out in the beginning and then not have enough energy mentally to continue,” he said. “I think for the next three years, we’re going to be working on physically getting stronger, getting a harder degree of difficulty list of dives, and I think in terms of mental strength, I’m there, I just need to be able to pace myself.”

China’s Yuan Cao and Jian Yang finished one-two following the semifinals and Aleksandr Bondar of the Russian Olympic Committee was third, heading into the final.

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