Despatie goes three-for-three

Canada's Alexandre Despatie poses with his three gold medals won during diving events at the...

Canada's Alexandre Despatie poses with his three gold medals won during diving events at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi October 12, 2010. (REUTERS/Andy Clark)

BOB MACKIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:44 PM ET

DELHI, India: It’s three-for-three for Alexandre Despatie.

Laval, Quebec’s Despatie dove into the top 10 list of most decorated Commonwealth Games athletes on Tuesday when he won gold with Reuben Ross of Pilot Butte, Sask. in men’s three metre synchronized springboard at the Dr. S.P. Mukherjee Aquatics Complex.

An Australian duo took silver and Malaysians took bronze.

Despatie also won the three metre and one metre solo dives in Delhi. He has nine golds overall since he debuted as a 13-year-old at Kuala Lumpur 1998. Delhi could be his Commonwealth Games swan-song, but London 2012 is what will keep him competing.

"The one medal that's eluded me is Olympic gold and I will do everything I can to get one before it's too late,” he said.

Despatie, 25, won silver at the Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Olympics.

He is the 10th most successful athlete since the Commonwealth Games began in 1930 with nine gold and two bronze medals. He has more Commonwealth medals than any diver or Canadian.

Meanwhile, Jennifer Abel of Laval, Que. won gold in women’s one metre springboard while Emilie Heymans of Greenfield Park, Que. won bronze.

bob.mackin@sunmedia.ca


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