Nathan Zsombor-Murray finishes 7th in final diving event at worlds

Nathan Zsombor-Murray finishes 7th in final diving event at Worlds


Quebec diver Nathan Zsombor-Murray competed in the final of the 10m platform, the latest diving event to be presented at the FINA World Championships, Sunday in Budapest, Hungary. Zsombor-Murray scored a total of 446.55 points to take seventh place in this final.

“I'm happy with five of my six dives in the final, so you can say that everything went well. I was very consistent throughout the competition and especially in the final. The next step will be to add difficulty to my jumps to get more points,” said Zsombor-Murray in an interview with Sportcom.

Zsombor-Murray managed to move up a spot on her final dive, which earned her a score of 76.80. He thus overtook the Briton Matthew Lee, who had some difficulties during his final jump.

“I arrived in the final with the intention of winning a medal for sure. I don't want to put unnecessary pressure on myself by looking at the scoreboard. I didn't know where I was in the standings and I think that's the best strategy.”

Chinese Jian Yang won the gold medal with 515.55 points. He was joined on the podium by Japan's Rikuto Tamai (488.00) and his compatriot Hao Yang (485.45) who won silver and bronze respectively.

Alberta's Rylan Wiens ended the day in ninth place with 416.20 points.

“It's nice to be able to experience a final with a friend and a partner. We have fun together and we can motivate each other between our jumps,” added the Quebecer.

Zsombor-Murray and Wiens had won the bronze medal earlier this week in the synchronized 10m tower .

Also in action on Sunday, Mia Vallée and her partner Margo Erlam finished fifth in the 3m springboard final in synchro. The Canadian duo earned 282.90 points after their five dives.

In qualifying earlier in the day, Vallée and Erlam managed to earn the fourth best score to secure their ticket to the final round.

The gold medal went to China's Yani Chang and Yiwen Chen, with 343.14 points.