Canadian Sport News (CSN
May 5, 2000
DESPATIE IMPRESSIVE AT PANTENE PRO-V COLOR CANADA CUP
MONTREAL--Alexandre Despatie of Montreal put some pressure
on the world's
number-one diver Friday afternoon at the 18-country PANTENE
Canada Cup diving competition as he stands second after semifinals
The competition is the seventh of 14 stops on the FINA Grand
World Cup champion Tiang Liang of China was once again sensational
a strong lead with 670.89 points. But the 14-year-old Despatie,
exception of his reverse three and a half, kept pace with
Liang to stand
second at 617.19. He actually scored higher than Liang in
compulsory round. Jose Guerra of Cuba is third at 593.91.
"My reverse dive was not going that well all week in
Despatie, a three-time national champion. "But I'm not
worried about it. I
was just glad to come back strong after that dive. I think
I showed today
that the Chinese are beatable."
Three other Canadians advance to Saturday's final. Tony Revitt
B.C., is eighth, Christopher Kalec of Montreal ninth and Nicolas
Montreal 10th .
The women's three-metre final is to be held later Friday.
double Olympic champion Fu Mingxia of China is first, World
Jingjing Guo second and Eryn Bulmer of Calgary third.
Along with Bulmer, Emilie Heymans of Montreal, Alida DiPlacido
Pointe-Claire, Que., and Megan Farrow of Edmonton, fourth,
fifth and sixth
respectively, all advanced to the final as well.
Friday afternoon's results at the PANTENE PRO-V Color Canada
competition in Montreal:
10-metre (after semifinals): 1. Tiang Liang, China, 670.89
Alexandre Despatie, Montreal, 617.19; 3. Jose Guerra, Cuba,
Jesus Martinez, Cuba, 593.91; 5. Huang Quiang, China, 577.59;
Massimiliano Massucchi, Italy, 564.45; 7. Brent Roberts, U.S.,
Tony Revitt, Delta, B.C., 552.45; 9. Christopher Kalec, Montreal,
10. Nicolas Leblanc, Montreal, 523.62; 15. Jeff Liberty, Calgary,
Three-metre (after semifinals): 1. Fu Mingxia, China, 548.37;
Guo, China, 544.95; 3. Eryn Bulmer, Calgary, 526.02; 4. Emilie
Montreal, 505.77; 5. Alida DiPlacido, Pointe-Claire, Que.,
469.71; 6. Megan
Farrow, Edmonton, 469.41.
Other Canadians: 19. Blythe Hartley, North Vancouver, B.C.,
Kari Frank, Calgary, 250.26; 21. Anne-Josee Dionne, Montreal,
Myriam Boileau, Montreal, 240.78.