Canadian divers Wiens and Zsombor-Murray win bronze in 10m synchro at world championships

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Rylan Wiens and Nathan Zsombor-Murray teamed up to give Canada its first diving medal at the world aquatic championships on Tuesday with a third-place finish in the men’s 10-metre synchro. Wiens, of Pike Lake, Sask.

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Rylan Wiens and Nathan Zsombor-Murray teamed up to give Canada its first diving medal at the world aquatic championships on Tuesday with a third-place finish in the men’s 10-metre synchro.

Wiens, of Pike Lake, Sask., and Zsombor-Murray, of Montreal, won bronze with a total of 417.12 points.

Yang Hao and Lian Junjie of China took the gold with 467.79 points followed by Matthew Lee and Noah Williams of Britain at 427.71.

“I’m really happy with how we dived. Our goal was to win a medal here and we achieved it. It’s a really special moment for us,” Wiens said.

The Canadians, who made their debut as teammates earlier this month at a FINA Grand Prix in Calgary, finished sixth overall after two dives, losing ground after their second dive gave them scored just 44.40 points, 10th among 12 tandems.

But Wiens and Zsombor-Murray returned to the podium on their next three dives with scores of 78.72 (third), 84.36 (second) and 79.56 (second, tied).

“Our last two dives were really strong. On the last lap we knew we had to do a good dive to hold our position. We wanted to stay calm and succeed. We did — and when we got out of the water, we looked at each other and said, “Oh, I think that’s a medal! And we were right! We made history,” Zsombor-Murray said.

Canada now has 12 medals (three gold, four silver, five bronze) at the world championships after winning a national record 11 medals in swimming last week.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on June 28, 2022.

The Canadian Press


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