SHEFFIELD, England – Émilie Heymans of St-Lambert, Que., won the bronze medal on Saturday on women’s 10-metre tower at the second stop on the FINA World Series diving circuit.
Paola Espinosa of Mexico won gold for the second straight event and is in excellent position to win the $10,000 top prize for the overall series title. She has already pocketed that amount with her two victories so far at the series which is reserved for the top-eight in the world.
Heymans, fourth at the Series opener in Mexico last month, earns $3,000 for the bronze. After a sparkling performance at the Grand Prix stop in Montreal earlier this month in which she beat out Chinese world champion Wang Xin for the silver, she was expecting a more consistent performance.
‘’It was a pretty average performance, in fact for me it didn’t go that well,’’ said Heymans, a two-time Olympic medallist and the 2003 world tower champion. ‘’I sometimes have one dive that doesn’t go as well as the others and it’s a different dive each time. So consistency is what I’m striving for. I want to put in five solid dives in a row and that didn’t happen today.’’
Heymans was the only Canadian in action on Saturday. On Sunday, Jennifer Abel of Laval, Que., and Blythe Hartley of North Vancouver compete on three-metre while Heymans and Marie-Ève Marleau of Laval are in the synchro 10-metre