April 20, 2013, Edinburgh, Scotland (ISN) – Pamela Ware of Beloeil, Que., was in medal contention until the last round and took fifth spot in the women’s three-metre final on Saturday at the third stop on the FINA World Series diving circuit.
Olympic champion He Zi of China won the gold medal with 375.90 points, her compatriot Tingmao Shi was second at 374.25 and Olena Fedorova of Ukraine was third at 340.20.
Ware, competing internationally in the event for the first time this season, totalled 336.75. She had trouble with two dives in the final: her inward dive in the third round and her twisting dive in the fifth and last round. She was standing third overall after four rounds.
“I’m more upset about my third dive,” said Ware, 20. “It’s definitely my hardest one but I’ve been working very hard on it. I went out too far and didn’t position my body properly. On the last dive I didn’t execute my hurdle properly.”
She launched the final with a brilliant backward dive scoring 8.0’s from all seven judges and delivered once again in the second round with her forward two and half. She also landed 8.0’s and 8.5’s on her reverse dive.
“Overall it was a solid performance and I gained some confidence,” Ware said.
Competition ends Sunday with the 10-metre tower featuring Carol-Ann Ware. The Ware sisters were fifth Friday in the women’s 10-metre synchro.