Artistic swimmer Jacqueline Simoneaux wins world gold for Canada in the women’s individual freestyle
Artistic swimmer Jacqueline Simoneau ended another long drought for Canada in medals at the World Aquatics Championships.
Simoneaux blew away the competition in the execution element of the women’s individual free routine on Tuesday, scoring 180.9707 points – Belarus’ Vasilina Khandushka was the closest competitor by nearly seven points – to win her country’s first gold medal in Doha, Qatar.
Simoneaux collected a total of 264.8207 points, followed by Greece’s Evangelia Plantanioti (253.2833) and Khandushka (245.1042), becoming the first Canadian to win the event at the World Championships since Sylvie Frechette in 1991 in Perth, Australia.
“It’s unreal,” said Simoneaux, a two-time Olympian. “This medal does not represent this only performance. It is the culmination of the efforts of everyone in my career – my coaches, my parents, and the consultants. I am extremely grateful to everyone who contributed to this.”
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On Monday, Audrey Lamothe of Montreal and Simoneaux of Saint-Laurent, Que., placed seventh (247.1533) in the women’s duet routine.
The 27-year-old Simoneaux also won Canada’s first medal in women’s individual artistic swimming since 2011 with silver on Saturday.
Simoneaux and Lamothe will compete in the women’s free doubles qualifier on Wednesday at 1:30 a.m. ET.
“You have to turn the page like we always do,” Simoneaux said of the short turnaround. “We train for six, seven or eight hours a day, in multiple events, and now it’s time to turn the page and focus on the next event.”
Canada defeats Great Britain in the pool
It’s safe to say that the Canadian women’s water polo team is no longer flying under the radar in Doha, Qatar.
The Group of 15 warmed up for Thursday’s decisive match against Italy at the World Aquatics Championships with a 20-5 win over Great Britain.
“Some people think that as Canadians we’re not the most strong-willed,” team captain Emma Wright told CBC Sports before this tournament, the third and final qualifier for this summer’s Paris Olympics.
Canada must finish in the top two of 16 teams vying for a spot in the Games.
“People underestimate us as a team because we’re Canadian and we hope to use that to our advantage,” Wright said.
Canada also beat South Africa 24-2 to open the tournament on Sunday.
Elise Lemay-Lavoie was among a trio of Canadians who scored five goals and added four on Tuesday to earn player of the match honors.
Canada leads Group D over Italy, also 2-0, on goal difference (37-34). In their last meeting, the Italians won 13-12 in a friendly match last April.
The Italians are one of the teams, along with Hungary, that are expected to present the Canadians’ toughest test in their bid for an Olympic berth. Thursday’s game is scheduled for 4 a.m. ET and will be streamed live on CBCSports.ca, the CBC Sports app and CBC Gem.
The top team in each of the four groups advances to the quarter-finals on February 12, while the runner-up must win a playoff to advance.
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For the second straight game in Doha, Canada scored six goals in the first quarter on Tuesday.
It led 5-2 in the second half to lead 11-3 at halftime.
“Everyone played together”
Great Britain was able to hold their opponent scoreless for more than five minutes in the third quarter, but Canada scored three goals in quick fashion and sealed the win.
“Everyone played together and everyone touched the ball, so it was really good,” said Blair McDowell, who scored twice along with Axel Crevier, Kindred Ball, Marilia Mimedes and Wright.
Shay LaRoche scored a hat-trick while Daphne Guivermont, Verica Bacock and Serena Brown also scored.
“Great Britain were doing a really good job of diving and… we had to be disciplined in our defense and take advantage of our opportunities.”
Canada hit 20 out of 32 shots for a success rate of 62.5 per cent compared to 25 per cent (5 to 25) for the British.
The Canadiens also outscored their opponent 6-3 and had five fewer turnovers.
British Tula Falvey, who led her team with two goals, said: “It was definitely a difficult match for us.” “We set some goals and wanted to get there, and definitely some things we can take from this game into the next game.
“We have to learn from our mistakes and move forward.”
Great Britain faces South Africa on Thursday in a battle of winless teams.
MacKay, sixth miller in women’s synchronized diving
About 24 hours after feeling a bit angry and disappointed after her eighth-place finish in the women’s 10-meter platform event, Montreal diver Kylie MacKay was “relieved” to have secured a spot for Canada in the 10-meter platform synchronized event with Katie Miller. In Ottawa. .
In sixth place entering the fifth and final round, the Canadians were unable to advance, despite only having a two-point gap between them and Ukraine for the bronze medal position.
MacKay and Miller went on to score 64.32 points on their 2 1/2 backflips with 1 1/2 turns, but Great Britain (74.88) and Mexico (72.96) produced their best five dives to finish third and fourth respectively, holding off the Ukrainians. To the fifth.
“We’re very, very happy to get the quota spot. It’s definitely been a challenge,” MacKay, who lives and trains in Montreal, told Diving Canada. “We have a lot of work to do when we get home, but now we can put everything into the Olympics and not necessarily worry about qualifying.
“We both said we wanted to enjoy this event, regardless of the outcome.”
Quan Hong Chan and Chen Yuxi of China topped the competition, beating Mi Rae Kim and Jin Mi Ju of North Korea by a margin of 41.52 points (362.22-320.70).
China also achieved victory in the group artistic swimming competition by obtaining 299.8712 points, in addition to its victory in the group acrobatics.
Spain won the silver medal with a total of 275.8925 points, ahead of Japan, the bronze medalist, with a total of 275.8787 points. The United States just missed out on its second medal of the meet, finishing fourth, while Canada was sixth (253.3550).
China has claimed four gold medals in both diving and artistic swimming over the first five days in Doha, with one more event to go on Tuesday.
Finlin secures Olympic berth in open water
Emma Finlin has officially earned a spot on Canada’s Olympic team for Paris after unused quota spots in the women’s 10km open water event were reallocated.
The 18-year-old Finlin failed to secure Canada’s continental qualifying spot for the Americas in Saturday’s race, finishing 24th, 0.7 seconds behind and one point behind Mexico’s Martha Sandoval.
However, World Aquatics announced on Tuesday that Canada would receive the non-allocated spot for Oceania, which did not have any athletes competing outside of the Australians who already qualified.
Swimming Canada will nominate Finlin to represent her country in France.
“It doesn’t seem real right now,” said Finlin, who has been having an emotional few days.
Finlin, a member of the Edmonton Keanu Swim Club, “has shown significant improvement from her 30th-place finish at last year’s world championships,” noted John Atkinson, Swimming Canada’s high-performance director.
Work continues on Wednesday with the 5 km races. Finlin and Leyla Orawski for the Barrie (Ont.) Trojans start at 2:30 a.m. ET.
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