Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Pan Am Games: Philippe Gagne Qualifies in Men's Three-Metre Diving

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Pan Am Games: Philippe Gagne Qualifies in Men's Three-Metre Diving

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Pan Am: Philippe Gagne qualifies in diving

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TORONTO - Canadian diver Philippe Gagne drew on the home country's energy on Friday.

Gagne, from Montreal, cleanly made his last dive in the preliminaries and advanced to the men's three-metre final at the Pan American Games.

Gagne was in 10th place heading into the sixth and final round and executed a strong twisting dive averaging 8.0's from the judges. He moved to up to eighth and along with François Imbeau-Dulac of St-Lazare, Que., second in the prelims, advanced to Saturday's final with 362.80 points. The top-12 advanced. There were 20 entries.

"I knew the situation going into my last dive," said Gagne, who is from Montreal. "But my twister is a dive I'm confident with. The energy from the crowd before and after that dive was incredible. I didn't do well on my first two dives but they never stopped encouraging me."

Imbeau-Dulac received a long ovation for his forward two and half somersaults with three twists, one of the toughest dives in the books to finish with 406.95 points.

"It's the first time in a year that I've executed that dive," he said. "I'm very pleased but I know I can do it even better in the final. I was aiming for consistency and the crowd was great but made it stressful as well. …

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