Rachel Kemp of Victoria and Pamela Ware of Longueuil, Que., earned gold and bronze medals respectively on one-metre Saturday at the annual Lambertz-Springen international junior diving competition.
With Saturday’s performance, Canada is battling Russia for top spot in the medal standings with three gold, two silver and two bronze so far. The Russians have three gold and three silver.
On women’s one-metre in the 14-15 age group, Kemp collected her third individual medal and first victory of the competition with 321.35 points. Elena Bertocchi of Italy was second at 315.90 and Ware took the bronze with 313.00.
‘’My practice before the event was really bad so I was pretty worried going in,’’ said Kemp, 15, who ends her competition which a medal of each colour. ‘’But both the prelims and final went well.’’
Ware ends the competition with four medals: two gold, a silver and a bronze.
‘’I’m surprised to do this well,’’ said Ware, 15. ‘’I struggled in my prelims today but then I really pulled it together in the finals.’’
On men’s three-metre in the 16-18 age group, Cam Mclean of Winnipeg reached the final and placed fifth. François Imbeau-Dulac of St-Lazare, Que., and Maxim Bouchard of St-Constant, Que., were 15th and 24 in the preliminaries and eliminated.
‘’Some dives were better in practice but my competition was consistent which is something I’m really working on right now,’’ said McLean. ‘’I didn’t set any goals for myself for this competition. I’ve really gone back to basics in my training so I can improve all aspects of my diving.’’
Canada won four medals at this competition last year.
‘’Our divers have really stepped up to the plate at this competition,’’ said Canadian coach Scott Cranham. ‘’They are competing really, really well.’’
Competition ends Sunday.
photos Janos Schmidt