Laurent Gosselin-Paradis and Ethan Pitman gave Canada its first medal of the 2019 FISU Summer Universiade, placing third in the men’s synchronized platform event on Friday at Mostra d'Oltremare.
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Sitting in fifth place before the last round, the pair managed to score enough points on their last attempt to double Russia and South Korea to claim the bronze medal.
“We did well," said Gosselin-Paradis. "We made some mistakes, but overall it was pretty consistent. It was one of our goals to get on the podium, so it's really exciting. We are happy to have won Canada's first medal."
Pitman spoke of a routine that both divers managed to maintain in Naples.
"We got up, we had breakfast and we trained as we do on every competition day, and we only did our dives as we would in training. I am proud of what we have achieved and it motivates me to do just as well for the remaining events," said the Montreal, Que. native.
Both student-athletes will compete in the men’s platform individual event on Sunday, while Pitman will compete in the mixed team event with Elaena Dick on the following day.
Earlier in the day, Mia Vallée and Olivia Chamandy both earned their ticket for the women's 3m springboard semifinal. Vallée placed sixth in the preliminaries, while her teammate Chamandy finished 19th, but took advantage of the fact that both Russia and the USA had three qualified divers to sneak into the next round. A maximum of two divers per country are allowed in the semis.