Benfeito and Filion win bronze at diving World Series


April 25, 2014, LONDON (ISN) – Olympic bronze medallists Meaghan Benfeito of Montreal and Roseline Filion of Laval, Que., earned their best score this season on the FINA World Series diving circuit to win the bronze medal in the women’s 10-m synchro event on Friday.

Ruolin Chen and Huixia Liu of China saw the competition close the gap on their dominance but they still prevailed for gold at 337.14 at the 2012 Olympic venue for their third victory this season on the circuit

The table was also set for a big battle for gold at this summer’s Commonwealth Games.  Sarah Barrow and Tonia Couch of Britain won the silver at 321.24 and Benfeito and Filion followed at 316.11.

“The quality of our individual dives was much better than at the first two stops on the World Series,” said Benfeito.  “We had struggled with our compulsory dives earlier this season and after we did them well today it gave us a lot of confidence.”

The pair had not competed since the last World Series stop last month in Dubai.

“We did a lot of work on our entries in training,” she said.  “That’s the biggest area we need to improve to catch the Chinese teams.”

Filion said it was important to start a new stretch of competitions with a positive result.

“We had a busy period this winter so it was nice to get back to training and work on the areas we needed to improve,” she said.  “We saw a lot of improvement today.  There were some little errors but it was a close competition and we had a solid gap on the fourth place finishers.”

In the World Series standings for women’s 10-m synchro, the Chinese lead at 81 points followed by the Canadians, who have a silver and two bronze, at 66.

The women’s three-metre synchro goes later Friday at 2 p.m. (EDT) featuring Jennifer Abel of Laval and Pamela Ware of Beloeil, Que.

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