Despatie wins second gold of Commonwealth Games
Published Monday, October 11, 2010 7:29PM EDT
NEW DELHI - Alexandre Despatie won his second gold medal in two events at the Commonwealth Games when he won the men's 3-metre springboard Monday.
"I felt great this morning, took the afternoon off and didn't think about competition," Despatie said. "I'm healthy and it was good to see it pay off tonight."
Despatie was the front end of a 1-2 Canadian finish as Reuben Ross, Despatie's partner in the 3-metre synchro event, took the silver medal.
The 25-year-old native of Laval finished first with 513.75 points, while Ross, a native of Pilot Butte, Sask., who now trains out of Montreal, got 457.15 points.
Australia's Grant Neil won the bronze with 456.55 points, while the only other Canadian in the event, Eric Sehn of Edmonton, came fourth with 437.05 points.
On the first day of the diving competition at the Dr. S.P. Mukherjee Aquatic Complex on Sunday, Despatie won gold on the 1-metre springboard.
Despatie is now a three-time defending Commonwealth champion in both the 1-metre and 3-metre events, having won both at the 2002 Games in Manchester, England and the 2006 Games in Melbourne, Australia.
It was Despatie's eighth career gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. His first came on the 10-metre platform in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 1998 at the age of 13.
Despatie's mother, Christiane, said from home Monday that after her son's performances, including two Olympic silver medals, he's not ready to call it a career just yet.
"He says 'You know, (there are) a couple of things I have to tune up before London,' but he says 'I did great, I'm very happy,' that's what he says. So, this is what we want - for him to be happy," she said.
Despatie has one event remaining at the New Delhi Games, the 3-metre synchro with Ross on Tuesday.
While her son is missing out on the family Thanksgiving turkey, Despatie's mother said not to worry, he will be properly fed.
"He loves turkey, so don't worry I'll make another one for him when he gets back."
In the day's second diving final, Laval's Riseline Filion just missed a medal with a fourth place finish in the women's 10-metre platform final. Sisters Carol-Ann and Pamela Ware of Otterburn Park finished fifth and 11th, respectively, in the event.
It was a career personal best in terms of points for Carol-Ann Ware, while Pamela Ware's score was her all-time best in international competition.
With files from Associated Press and CTVMontreal.ca