SHEFFIELD, England – Émilie Heymans of Greenfield Park, Que., the bronze on women’s 10-metre on Saturday at the inaugural $300,000 (U.S.) World Series of diving.
The three-stop circuit event is offering cash prizes for the top performers at each venue as well as for the overall champions. The series is reserved for the cream of the crop in the sport: the top-eight from the world championships in the individual events and the top-six in the synchro events.
On women’s tower, China was 1-2 with Ruolen Chen taking the gold at 433.30 and world champion Xin Wang the silver at 388.00. Heymans followed in third at 356.55.
‘’It was an O.K. performance,’’ said Heymans, fifth at the world championships. ‘’Some dives were very good and others could have been better. I’m happy to be part of this series because I need to compete as much as possible and land five solid dives at each event.’’
Geller says the response to the new series has been positive so far.
‘’It’s unique and we’ll see how this plays out,’’ said Geller. ‘’We’re repeatedly putting the top stars in the spotlight to get them some more recognition. It wasn’t easy to fit into a tight schedule but the divers here made the decision to go for it. What’s going to come out of it is a much higher quality Olympic final.’’
Competition ends Sunday. The second stop is next weekend in Mexico City and the third and final stop the following weekend (September 15-16) in China.
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