Alexander Despatie
I think one of the most overlooked Canadian athlete has to be,
Alexander Despathie, a Laval native.
and I can’t help wonder if the Québec association
might have anything to do with ?
We seldom see news reports on the man, and
when we do it’s tucked away on page 12 of the daily newspaper.
Alexander stunned the world at 14 by winning the world diving championship
and has continued to amaze the sport constantly.
so this is my into to : A L E X A N D E R  D E S P A T H I E
I managed to find this story on Despatie today

Canada’s Despatie leads world springboard semis

22/07/2009 19:10:22 PM

Alexandre Despatie emerged Wednesday as the leader in the three-metre springboard semifinals of the world aquatics championships in Rome, putting him in position to capture his fourth world title.

The Laval, Que., native will compete in the finals on Thursday, which will be streamed live on at 9:10 a.m. ET.

American Troy Dumais fell to third place in the semis after having won the preliminaries.

Reuben Ross of Regina placed ninth on Wednesday with a score of 434.55, good to put him through to the final.

The top 12 in the semifinals advance, a field that also includes Olympic platform champion Matthew Mitcham of Australia and home-crowd favourite Michele Benedetti, who nabbed the final qualifying spot.

Despatie, 24, finished the semifinal round with 485.05 points, ahead of China’s He Chong at 483.30 and Dumais at 471.50. Trailing them was a second Chinese diver, Zhang Xinhua, with 471.00.

Earlier in the preliminaries, Despatie came second to Dumais.

The American struggled on a reverse 3½ somersault with a tuck, which cost him the lead after the fourth round.

"I missed a little bit, but that’s OK," Dumais said. "My top is there. I’m using the board well. I’ve just got to stay positive and confident."

The American men haven’t won a world championship in diving since Greg Louganis retired in 1988. Dumais has come closest to breaking the drought, having won a pair of world silvers, most recently in 2005.

Despatie has three world titles to his credit, one in each of the individual events: one-metre, three-metre and 10-metre platform.

Alexandre Despatie (born June 8, 1985) is a Canadian. He was the World champion at the 1 and 3m springboard from 2005 to 2007 and is the first, and so far only, diver to have been World champion in the three categories (1, 3 and 10m platform). He is also the 36 times Canadian senior diving champion


Both he and Ross are looking to win a second medal at this year’s world championships after their bronze medal performance in men’s three-metre springboard diving on Saturday.

The bronze was Despatie’s seventh world championship medal.


Canada’s Despatie dives to bronze

23/07/2009 17:26:48 PM


Canada’s Alexandre Despatie won a bronze medal in men’s three-metre springboard diving on Thursday at the World Aquatics Championships in Rome.

The Laval, Que., native was sitting in the silver-medal position with one dive to go but dropped to third after scoring an 8 and a pair of 7.5s on his final dive.

Olympic champion He Chong of China won gold and American Troy Dumais captured silver.

Reuben Ross of Regina was 11th.

Despatie, 24, was leading the field heading into the final after finishing first in the semifinals a day earlier.

"To be top three in the world is always something positive," said Despatie. "I would like to have done better. I know I can do better. But I’ve always said this is a sport of the day. Today, I did not bring out my best diving. But it was still good enough for top three."

The three-time world champion in one-metre, three-metre and 10-metre platform was looking for a fourth title and a second medal at this year’s competition.

Despatie and Ross won Canada’s first medal of the world championships on Saturday, a bronze medal in the men’s three-metre synchro springboard competition.

Chong’s final dive clinched gold

But Despatie didn’t get off to a good start on Thursday, opening with a dive that put him in seventh place overall.

He recovered quickly, working his way into fourth place on his second dive, and moving into the bronze medal position by his fourth.

The two-time Olympic silver medallist scored two 8.5s and a 9 on his second-last dive to move into second heading into the sixth and final dive of the competition.

Despatie was the final diver of the day, and prepared for his last dive with Chong and Dumais sitting in the No. 1 and 2 positions ahead of him.

That’s how it would finish, with Chong scoring a total 505.20 points for first, Dumais at 498.40 and Despatie at 490.30.

On his last dive, Chong pulled off a forward 2½ somersault with three twists in pike position to win gold.

The 22-year-old received scores ranging from 7.0 to 8.0, and while both Dumais and Despatie received better marks, his manoeuvre had a 3.8-degree difficulty, giving him enough points to clinch the No. 1 spot.

Canada’s Alexandre Despatie won a bronze medal in men’s three-metre springboard diving on Thursday at the World Aquatics Championships in Rome.

Neither Dumais nor Despatie had a dive with a degree of difficulty above 3.5.

"I am satisfied, even though I made a few mistakes and some of my movements were not perfect. I felt a bit nervous," Chong said. "I think I performed average. The level of difficulty of my dives was quite high. I did not have a particularly bad dive. I just think I could have done better in each one of them."

Dumais also felt his performance fell short of his best.

"Silver is great, but I know I can do better," the American said.

Dumais’s silver is his second at this year’s world championships, and his fourth overall. Despatie has now won eight world championship medals.


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  3. Travis says:

    your right we never hear about his achievements, odd !

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