BEIJING – Émilie Heymans of St-Lambert, Que., was elated with her fourth place finish on women’s 10-metre tower on Wednesday at the FINA World Cup of diving.
Ruo Lin Chen of China posted perfect 10’s on her second and fifth dives in the final and won the gold with 449.35 points. World champion Xin Wang of China was second at 405.00 and Paola Espinosa of Mexico third at 395.35.
Heymans was fifth after Tuesday’s qualifying and third after the morning semifinals and totalled 384.50 points in the final. She was third after the first two rounds in the final before slipping to fourth in the third round. Her scores were consistently solid and she earned 8.0’s on every dive.
‘’I’m very pleased that through the prelims, semis and final, I didn’t miss a dive,’’ said Heymans, the 2003 world champion. ‘’I haven’t competed this well in a long time. It really gives me a lot of confidence for the rest of the season.’’
When she looks at the scores, Heymans is encouraged to be close to the podium and is confident she can close the gap on the Chinese divers.
‘’I know there’s a lot of room for improvement,’’ she said. ‘’What I need to work on in particular are my entries. My entries were vertical but I had some trouble aligning my arms properly and made too big a splash in the entry. Compared to last year at the worlds, this was a much stronger performance. I’m stronger physically and mentally than a year ago.’’
Competition continues Thursday with the semis and final on men’s three-metre and the women’s 10-metre synchro event featuring Pan Am Games champions Heymans and Marie-Ève Marleau of Laval.