Canadians Advance to Finals at FINA World Championships

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Louis Daignault (ISN)

July 26, 2013, BARCELONA (ISN) – Jennifer Abel of Laval, Que., and Pamela Ware of Beloeil, Que., are in contention for a second medal at the FINA World Championships after advancing to the women’s three-metre final in Friday’s diving action.

Zi He of China posted the top semifinal score with 370.00 points. Her compatriot Han Wang is second at 362.40 and Abel, a two-time Olympian, follows at 344.10. Ware easily advanced as well scoring 311.45 for sixth. The top-12 moved on to Saturday’s final.

It wasn’t such a pleasant start to the day for Abel who ranked 13th in the morning preliminaries. The top-18 advanced to the final.

”I wasn’t too worried about my preliminaries,” said Abel, 21. ”I knew that as long as I landed on my head I’d be OK. I was delighted to come back strong in the semis and get such a strong scores even though there are two dives that I can be a lot better.”

Ware meanwhile in continuing to make a big international impact at her first senior world championships. She was 11th after prelims but tidied up her dives in the semis.

”There’s lots of room for improvement,” said Ware, 20. ”My second dive was probably the best one I’ve done this week and I was also pleased with the first and last dives but they can be better.”

Abel and Ware won the bronze medal on three-metre synchro this past Saturday. Ware was also fifth on one-metre earlier this week.