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- 04. March 2008.

Two top-five finishes for Canada at Chinese Grand Prix

SHENZHEN, China – Sabrina Beaupré of Longueuil, Que., and Véronique Lemieux of Mascouche, Que., made an impressive international debut in women’s three-metre synchro on Friday placing fourth to open the second stop on the Grand Prix diving circuit.

Guo Jingjing and Wu Minxia of China won the gold medal with 343.80 points, Sharleen Stratton and Briony Cole of Australia, were second at 311.94 and Jashia Luna and Laura Sanchez of Mexico took the bronze at 277.17.

Beaupré and Lemieux were only 0.03 points out of third entering their final dive and wound up only five points from a podium finish.

‘’Overall we were synchronized and our dives were very good,’’ said Lemieux competing at her second Grand Prix event in her career. Beaupré was making her senior international debut and had recently spent four days in hospital with a hand infection and pulled hamstring which hampered the pairs preparation for the event.

On women’s 10-metre tower, Chen Ruolin of China was the victor while Roseline Filion of Laval, Que., posted a personal best 352 points to take fifth spot. Rachel Kemp of Victoria was eliminated in the semifinals.

‘’It was one of the best international performances of Roseline’s career,’’ said Canadian coach Michel Larouche. ‘’She was consistent and aggressive. She hit her 15 dives through the prelims, semis and final. And her scores improved as well through each round.’’

On men’s three-

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