“We wanted to keep calm and get it done. We did it.”
BUDAPEST — Montrealer Nathan Zsombor-Murray and teammate Rylan Wiens of Pike Lake, Sask., gave Canada its first diving medal at the World Aquatics Championships on Tuesday with a third-place finish in the men’s synchronized 10-meter event.
They took bronze with a total score of 417.12 points.
Yang Hao and Lian Junjie from China won gold with 467.79 points, followed by Briton Matthew Lee and Noah Williams with 427.71.
“I am very happy with how we dived. Our goal was to win a medal here and we succeeded. This is a very special moment for us,” said Wiens.
The Canadians, who made their debut as teammates at a FINA Grand Prix in Calgary earlier this month, finished sixth overall after two dives, falling just 44.40 points after their second dive, 10th out of 12 tandems.
But Wiens and Zsombor-Murray came back on the podium on their next three dives with scores of 78.72 (third), 84.36 (second) and 79.56 (second, tie).
“Our last two dives were really solid. On the last lap we knew we had to make a good dive to keep our position. We wanted to keep calm and get the hang of it. We did it – 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) in the world championships after winning the country’s 11 best swimming medals last week.