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Gagne wins springboard bronze at the Youth Summer Games

Philippe Gagne (left)
Philippe Gagne (left)
Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

According to the 2014 Youth Summer Games website, Philippe Gagne of Montreal, Quebec won the bronze medal in boys' three metre springboard diving competition at the 2014 Youth Olympic Summer Games in Nanjing, China on Sunday. Gagne posted a total score of 566.75 points to help Canada win their fourth medal of the Games.

Gagne, who is only 16 years of age, finished behind gold medalist Hao Yang of China and silver medalist Rodrigo Diego Lopez of Mexico. Yang posted an overall score of 613.8 points and Diego Lopez posted an overall score of 593.65 points.

A major reason for Gagne's podium position was because of the score he posted with his fourth dive. Gagne nailed a reverse three and a half somersault from the tuck position with a degree of difficulty of 3.5. Only Timo Barthel of Germany and Guillaume Dutoit of Switzerland had a dive in their program that equalled Gagne's level of difficulty. Gagne also had a degree of difficulty of 3.5 with his fifth and final dive, a reverse one and a half somersault with three and a half twists from the free position.

Gagne was one of two divers competing for Canada at the 2014 Youth Olympic Summer Games in Nanjing. The other Canadian diver was Molly Carson of Thunder Bay, Ontario according to Independent Sports News.

Gagne previously won a silver medal for Canada at the 2013 Junior Pan American Diving Championships in Tucson, Arizona. Gagne and Vincent Riendeau of Pointe-Claire, Quebec won a silver medal in the men's three metre synchronized diving competition.

Team Canada has now won four medals at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games. Canadian athletes have won one silver medal and three bronze medals. Canada is tied with Denmark for 43rd place in the overall medal standings.

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