THE WOODLANDS, Texas -- The United States failed to win a
medal for the second straight day at the Diving Grand Prix, with
Olympian Troy Dumais the top American.
China's Wang Fang won the gold in the 3-meter event Saturday in
the rain at The Woodlands Athletic Club. Canada's Alexandre
Despatie took the silver and Japan's Ken Terauchi the bronze.
Dumais totaled 485.37 points, just behind Terauchi's 487.83.
In the other final, Li Ting of China edged Olympian Emilie
Heymans of Canada to win the women's platform. Heymans, fifth in
this event at the Sydney Olympics, finished 13½ points behind Li
while Australia's Loudy Tourky captured the bronze. No U.S. divers
qualified for this final.
Dumais, who finished sixth in the 3-meter at the 2000 Olympics,
was second going into the final dive Saturday. He had trouble on
his final attempt, a reverse 1½, and his scores of 7.5 dropped him
out of the top three.
"At our level, you have to let the dive happen," he said.
"But I had some kind of dink in my thinking that caused me to get
outside that frame of mind."
Dumais, who teamed with brother Justin to win the men's
synchronized gold Thursday, was still encouraged by his
fourth-place finish Saturday. He was seventh in the event last week
at the Canada Cup.
"My diving this year has been a ladder," he said. "I go up
steps, and I go down steps. The top step is Athens. Today, I took a
couple of steps up after taking a couple down last week."