Anna Lemkin wins bronze in 14-15 girls’ platform event at Junior Worlds
by Jared Cruz-Aedo
USA’s Anna Lemkin (Mission Viejo Nadadores) won the bronze medal in the 14-15 girls’ platform event Monday at the FINA World Junior Diving Championships in Montreal.
Just .85 points separated second from fourth heading into the last round of the platform final, with Lemkin sitting in fourth place. Lemkin came through with 54.40 points on an inward 3 ½ tuck, enough to secure the bronze medal with a final score of 305.40. Charli Petrov from Australia won the gold medal with 345.30 points, and Maisie Bond from Great Britain took the silver medal at 318.60.
Molly Gray (Stanford Diving) also advanced to the platform final for Team USA and tied for eighth place with 271.85 points. Gray’s strongest dive came in the last round when she scored 52.80 points on her back 2½ somersaults with 1½ twists.
Joshua Hedberg (The Indiana International School of Diving) advanced to the 14-15 boys’ 3-meter springboard final and placed sixth with 403.55 points. Hedberg had strong dives in the first two rounds, including 61.50 points on his first-round inward 2 ½ pike, but a miss in the third round hurt his medal chance. Kirill Boliukh from Ukraine won the gold, Arnaud Corbell from Canada took the silver, and Valerio Mosca of Italy won the bronze medal.
Mason Mankey (The Indiana International School of Diving) also represented Team USA in the 3-meter event but did not qualify for the finals. Mankey placed 15th with 358.10 points in the preliminaries. His highest-scoring dive was his forward 3½ tuck, which scored 54.60 points.
Tuesday’s competition will feature the U.S. in two 16-18 events, with Lily Witte and Avery Worobel competing in girls’ 3-meter and Max Fowler and Max Miller diving in the boys’ 1-meter event. All competitions will be streamed on FINA’s YouTube Channel. To view the full event schedule, click here.