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Men's 10m Platform : Mathew Helm Spys the Top Spot After Prelimiaries  -- August 28, 2004

ATHENS, Greece, August 27. AUSSIE Mathew Helm, already a platform bronze medalist in the synchronized event here, was the top qualifier during Friday's 10m Platform preliminary competition per reports from meet orgainzers.

Starting out slowly, he ranked ninth after the first round, Helm improved as the competition went on posting the highest score among all competitors in two of his last three dives.

He finished the competition with 513.06 points, ahead of Alexandre Desspatie from Canada, 3m Springboard silver medallist, with 500.55 points and Tian Liang from China, gold medallist in the Synchronized 10m event, third with 481.47 points. Peter Waterfield, from Great Britain, who won silver in the platform synchro event, ranks fourth.

Despatie, the reigning world champion is confident for the semi-final and final. "I did not do too much today, but that's good because in the 3m event I did great in the preliminary, but I did not do so good in the final. I am happy about how it turned out today. I am confident for the final tomorrow. There are a couple of things I would like to work on for tomorrow."

Eighteen divers qualified for the semifinals, which will be held on Saturday, 28 August at 12:00 at the Olympic Aquatic Centre. The final is scheduled for 21:00 on the same day.

Neither American moved to the next stage. Caesar Garcia was 23rd at 388.77, over 124 points off the lead total. Kyle Prandi was 29th of 33 with 346.53, 166.53 behind.

Official results:
Olympic Aquatic Centre - FRI 27 AUG 2004 - Start Time: 13:30


Rank Name NOC Points Points Behind Qualified
1 HELM Mathew
AUS
513.06 Q
2 DESPATIE Alexandre
CAN
500.55 12.51 Q
3 TIAN Liang
CHN
481.47 31.59 Q
4 WATERFIELD Peter
GBR
474.03 39.03 Q
5 PACHECO Rommel
MEX
463.47 49.59 Q
6 HU Jia
CHN
463.44 49.62 Q
7 NEWBERY Robert
AUS
461.91 51.15 Q
8 DOBROSKOK Dmitry
RUS
445.68 67.38 Q
9 MEYER Heiko
GER
440.85 72.21 Q
10 URAN SALAZAR Juan G.
COL
439.77 73.29 Q
11 TAYLOR Leon
GBR
433.38 79.68 Q
12 KALEC Christopher
CAN
429.72 83.34 Q
13 GALPERIN Gleb
RUS
427.68 85.38 Q
14 DELL'UOMO Francesco
ITA
426.12 86.94 Q
15 ZAKHAROV Anton
UKR
420.30 92.76 Q
16 CHOE Hyong Gil
PRK
419.58 93.48 Q
17 PAK Yong Ryong
PRK
414.33 98.73 Q
18 ADAM Tony
GER
411.30 101.76 Q
19 BRYAN Nickson
MAS
407.13 105.93
20 MAZZUCCHI Massimiliano
ITA
405.18 107.88
21 VOLODKOV Roman
UKR
403.59 109.47
22 GAVRIILIDIS Ioannis
GRE
395.34 117.72
23 GARCIA Caesar
USA
388.77 124.29
24 DURAN Cassius
BRA
387.75 125.31
25 GUERRA OLIVA Jose Antonio
CUB
375.87 137.19
26 TRAKAS Sotirios
GRE
361.56 151.50
27 VARLAMOV Aliaksandr
BLR
361.41 151.65
28 FORNARIS ALVAREZ Erick
CUB
351.75 161.31
29 PRANDI Kyle
USA
346.53 166.53
30 MAMONTOV Andrei
BLR
338.55 174.51
31 DELALOYE Jean Romain
SUI
326.82 186.24
32 PARISI Hugo
BRA
325.08 187.98
33 HAJNAL Andras
HUN
305.79 207.27


Legend:
Q - Qualified
DNS - Did Not Start