by Louis Daignault
March 21, 2014, DUBAI (ISN) – Pamela Ware’s return from a fractured foot continues to be successful after the Canadian posted a fifth place finish on women’s three-metre springboard on Friday at the second stop on the FINA World Series diving circuit.
World champion He Zi of China won the gold medal with 382.10 points her compatriot Han Wang was second at 362.45 and Tania Cagnotto of Italy third at 357.85.
Ware, a bronze medallist at the opening stop last weekend in Beijing, totalled 311.90. The Beloeil, Que., resident made a blunder on her second dive, a forward three- and half on which she earned marks ranging from 3.5 to 5.5 from the judges. All her other dives were at least in the 7.0’s.
“On the second dive my take-off was super high and I guess I just forgot to open,” said Ware, a bronze medallist in the event at the FINA World Championships last year. “It’s a hard dive but it had been going very well in practice.”
Earlier this winter, Ware fractured her foot which kept her off the boards for three weeks.
“I’m happy with my progress,” said Ware, 21. “Training has gone really well and I’m pleased with my performances at these competitions. It’s getting better and better.”
Jennifer Abel of Laval, Que., missed a berth in the final by only four points placing fourth in the semifinal heat for ninth overall.
“It wasn’t my day,” said Abel, an Olympic bronze medallist in 2012 on three-metre synchro with Emilie Heymans. “I felt fine physically and ready to compete. I doesn’t happen that I don’t make a final but I feel there are things I can learn from this.”
Competition ends Saturday with the women’s 10-metre tower featuring Meaghan Benfeito of Montreal and Roseline Filion of Laval.
Competition continues through to Saturday