Canadian Sport News (CSN)
May 6, 2000
CANADA WINS SILVER AT PANTENE PRO-V COLOR CANADA CUP
MONTREAL--Jose Guerra of Cuba completed a stunning performance,
included one perfect mark, to win the gold medal in an exciting
10-metre tower final Saturday at the 18-country PANTENE PRO-V
Megan Farrow of Edmonton and Kari Frank of Calgary earned
medal of the competition winning the silver medal on women's
Guerra scored big points on his final two dives including
a perfect 10 on
his twisting 11/2 somersault with 31/2 twists for 661.45 points.
number-one Tiang Liang of China was solid and took second
spot at 660.87
and his compatriot Huang Qiang, the leader heading into the
sixth and final
round, blew his last dive and was third at 631.80. Jesus Martinez
also with a perfect 10, was fourth at 628.47.
Canadian and Commonwealth champion Alexandre Despatie of Montreal,
entering the final, wasn't sharp and placed fifth at 592.65.
saved his best dive for last scoring 8.0's and 8.5's on his
"I wasn't happy at all with the first couple of dives
Despatie, 14, who'll vie for a spot on the Olympic team at
trials June 9-11
in Montreal. "I was a bit disappointed to get off to
such a start at my
home pool and that made it hard to come back. It wasn't the
just wasn't on."
Christopher Kalec of Montreal was seventh, Tony Revitt of
eighth and Nicolas Leblanc of Montreal 10th.
On women's synchronized three-metre, Fu Mingxia and Jingjing
Guo of China
were the winners with 318.60 points.
Farrow and Frank, informed Saturday morning they were entered
competition, put in a superlative effort to claim the silver
at 266.76 for
their first international medals. Michelle Rojohn and Kim
Berbari of the
U.S., were third out of five entries at 246.36.
"It was a little intimidating for us to go up against
the Chinese," said
Farrow. "They are just so amazing. This was actually
more stressful than
our individual events for both of us. We were particularly
our reverse dive. There's just so much you have to think about
pulled it out. What a relief."
There were only two entries in the men's competition won by
and Tang Tianling of China. Synchronized diving will be an
Olympic event for the first time in Sydney.
On women's 10-metre tower after the preliminaries and semifinals,
Chinese are standing 1-2 with Sang Xue first at 546.75, World
Cup and Grand
Prix champion Li Na second at 507.00 while world number-two
of Pointe-Claire, Que., is third at 492.21.
Three other Canadians qualified for 12-woman final set for
Boileau of Montreal is fourth at 484.05, world junior champion
Hartley of North Vancouver, B.C., fifth at 471.72 and Caroline
Montreal seventh at 448.62.
Emily Heymans of Montreal, ranked fourth in the world, placed
eighth in the
preliminaries but was the fifth best Canadian. Only four Canadians
allowed to advance.
"My preliminaries were not good at all but thankfully
they don't carry over
to the final," said Montminy, 25, looking to qualify
for her third Olympics
next month at the team trials. "It's hard to get up for
the prelims but
considering the fact the other Canadian girls are so good
you can't take
nothing for granted."
Competition ends Sunday with finals on men's three-metre and
Saturday's results at the PANTENE PRO-V COLOR Canada Cup diving
10-metre (final): 1. Jose Guerra, Cuba, 661.45 points; 2.
China, 660.87; 3. Huang Qiang, China, 631.80; 4. Jesus Martinez,
628.47; 5. Alexandre Despatie, Montreal, 592.65; 6. Rio Ramirez,
591.03; 7. Christopher Kalec, Montreal, 572.73; 8. Tony Revitt,
B.C., 543.93; 9. Brent Roberts, U.S., 541.86; 10. Nicolas
Synchronized three-metre (final): 1. Fu Mingxia and Jingjing
318.60; 2. Megan Farrow, Edmonton and Kari Frank, Calgary
Michelle Rojohn and Kim Berbari, U.S., 246.36; 4. Azul Almazan
Luna, Mexico, 245.76; 5. Jane Woodard and Tandi Gerrard, South
10-metre (after semifinals):1. Sang Xue, China, 546.75; 2.
Li Na, China,
507.00; 3. Anne Montminy, Pointe-Claire, Que., 492.21; 4.
Montreal, 484.05; 5. Blythe Hartley, North Vancouver, B.C.,
Svetlana Timoshinina, Russia, 460.65; 7. Caroline Lauzon,
8. Kim Berbari, U.S., 432.51; 9. Eugenia Olshevskaya, Russia,
Kathy Pesek, U.S., 426.84.