Olympic Diving: Canadian Teenager Leads Men’s Springboard Qualifying Round

By M. Duncan Scott

ATHENS, August 23. ALEXANDRE Despatie, a nineteen year old Canadian platform specialist, absolutely sparkled to lead all qualifiers in the preliminary round of the 3-meter springboard diving, which cut the field to 18 for the next round.

The 5’6” youngster was the only competitor scoring over 500 points. He had the highest score on four of the six dives and second-highest on a fifth.

Others in the medal positions after the preliminaries were Bo Peng of China and Russia’s Alexander Dobroskok.

America’s top performer was Troy Dumais in fifth spot. The USA’s other entry, Justin Wilcock, failed to advance.

The semifinal round, which will cut the field to 12 and provide scores from several dives to the finals scoring, is in progress at this time. Finals are scheduled for 9:45 p.m., Athens time today, August 24, 2004.

Rank Name NOC Points Points Behind Qualified
1 DESPATIE Alexandre
CAN
517.59 Q
2 PENG Bo
CHN
495.45 22.14 Q
3 DOBROSKOK Alexander
RUS
489.75 27.84 Q
4 TERAUCHI Ken
JPN
456.15 61.44 Q
5 DUMAIS Troy
USA
452.76 64.83 Q
6 SAUTIN Dmitri
RUS
450.06 67.53 Q
7 WANG Feng
CHN
444.96 72.63 Q
8 PLATAS Fernando
MEX
434.70 82.89 Q
9 CASTRO Cesar
BRA
432.45 85.14 Q
10 NEWBERY Robert
AUS
429.09 88.50 Q
11 LYSENKO Dmytro
UKR
419.16 98.43 Q
12 COMTOIS Philippe
CAN
418.32 99.27 Q
13 PUHAKKA Joona
FIN
414.69 102.90 Q
14 FUMADO Ramon
VEN
410.97 106.62 Q
15 PACHECO Rommel
MEX
408.75 108.84 Q
16 ALLY Tony
GBR
401.52 116.07 Q
17 BARNETT Steven
AUS
397.71 119.88 Q
18 SHIPMAN Mark
GBR
396.90 120.69 Q
19 ILLANA Javier
ESP
385.80 131.79
20 MARCONI Nicola
ITA
384.63 132.96
21 BETANCOURT GARCIA Jorge
CUB
382.56 135.03
22 FORNARIS ALVAREZ Erick
CUB
380.07 137.52
23 WELS Andreas
GER
378.93 138.66
24 MARCONI Tommaso
ITA
378.72 138.87
25 KUCHMASOV Sergei
BLR
377.61 139.98
26 SHLYAKHOV Yuriy
UKR
377.19 140.40
27 SCHELLENBERG Tobias
GER
371.85 145.74
28 SIRANIDIS Nikolaos
GRE
363.75 153.84
29 PIEKKANEN Jukka
FIN
359.22 158.37
30 VARLAMOV Aliaksandr
BLR
357.09 160.50
31 URAN SALAZAR Juan G.
COL
344.40 173.19
32 WILCOCK Justin
USA
225.87 291.72

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