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Despatie dominant again April 29, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Sports.

Ace from Quebec finds his legs to win gold medal at Pan Am trials in Vancouver

despatie_alexandre.jpg  Alexandre Despatie got his “jumpers” back this weekend. That spring in the legs of the Canadian diving ace from Laval, Que., meant domination on the boards as Despatie easily won both the 10-metre and three-metre events at the Pan Am Games trials at Vancouver Aquatic Centre.

It has been a whirlwind last few weeks for the 2004 Olympic silver medallist. World championships in Melbourne last month, home for a couple of days, then a Grand Prix in China, then directly to Vancouver last week.

Despatie, 21, won the three-metre event Sunday with 1,017.60 points, well ahead Eric Sehn (792.75) of Edmonton, and Miranda (785.80) of Pointe Claire Que. On Friday, Despatie won the 10-metre with 1,046.70 points, receiving at least 9.0’s on all six dives in the final including four perfect 10’s on his forward three-and-a-half in the second round.

Despatie, who missed most of last year with a neck injury, was eighth on platform in Melbourne after capturing silver in both the three-metre and three-metre synchro.

China swept 11 of the 12 gold medals at Melbourne, but Despatie insists they may not be as invincible as everybody seems to think heading towards the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Despatie says he’s been working on a couple of new dives for the three-metre, a reverse 3.5 pike and inward 2.5 pike. But he’s not sure he’ll incorporate them into his list at the Pan Ams, which go July 13-29 in Brazil, or for Beijing.

While the eight person Canadian team, four men, four women, for the Pan Ams in Rio de Janeiro won’t be announced until perhaps today, Despatie’s decision not to compete in the 10-metre synchro likely opens the door for Riley McCormick, 16, of Victoria, to join Rueben Ross of Edmonton. They were third and second, respectively, in Friday’s platform.

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