Canadian divers win two silver at Gillette Canada Cup

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May 3 2014 ISN – GATINEAU, Que. –Jennifer Abel of Laval and the synchro tandem of Roseline Filion and
Meaghan Benfeito, all Olympic medallists in 2012, earned two silver on Saturday at
the Gillette Canada Cup Grand Prix diving competition.

 

On women’s three-metre springboard, Ying Wei was one of three Chinese winners on the
day with 356.30 points. Abel followed at 339.60 and Uschi Freitag of the
Netherlands was thirdat 332.15. Pamela Ware of Beloeil, Que., was fifth.

Abel emerged to the interview area with a giant smile on her face.

“I’m extremely pleased,” said Abel, third in London on three-metre synchro with
Emilie Heymans who was a medal presenter here on Saturday. “I was solid from
prelims, through the semis to the final. I was subpar on my first two dives today
but I came back with solid dives.”

The highlight for Abel was her reverse in the last round in the final. It was one
she struggled with last season and now she puts it as her finale.

“It’s still hit and miss but today I hit it,” she said. “I never thought that one
day it would be the last dive on my list. I’ve changed a lot of things this year
including the order of my dives. But I felt comfortable here, especially being at
home. That’s a reflection of gaining confidence and having experience.”

On women’s 10-metre synchro, Qian Ren and Siyu Ji of China were the victors with
332.52 points. Benfeito and Filion followed with a season-best 323.67 and are
four-for-four in podium appearances this season in international competition.

Giovana Almeida and Ingrid Olivetta of Brazil were third at 275.66 and Carol-Ann
Ware of Beloeil, Que., and Eloise Bélanger of Montreal fourth at 264.24.

”Our buildup this season has been on track and we had our best performance of the
year today,” said Filion. ”Our synchronization was really improved especially on
our first two dives. The work we are putting into it is slowly starting to show on
the scoreboard.”

There may be no Olympics or world championships in 2014 but is still an important
season for the Canadian divers. The FINA World Cup is the world ranking event and
there is also the high profile Commonwealth Games which are back-to-back in July.

”We’re in the second year of the Olympic cycle and we’re trying to make the new
techniques we learned last year come more naturally this season,” said Filion. ”So
the World Cup is going to show where we stand against the best in the world.

”We’d love to win a medal at all our events this year. It’s something we’ve never
done before in one season.”

On men’s 10-metre tower, the two Chinese delivered a spectacular performance for
gold and silver. Liang Huo scored one perfect mark en route to the gold with 534.35
points. Yanquan Zhang earned five perfect 10’s, but missed a dive as well and
settled for silver at 491.95. Steele Johnson of the U.S., was third at 474.70.
Maxim Bouchard of St. Constant, Que., was fifth at 414.85.

In men’s three-metre synchro, Philippe Gagné of Montreal and François Imbeau-Dulac
of St-Lazare, Que., were fourth and Marc Sabourin-Germain of Montreal and Bouchard
were sixth.

Competition ends Sunday at the Centre Sportif with four more finals.

RESULTS

Saturday’s leading results at the Gillette Canada Cup Grand Prix diving competition,
at the Centre Sportif in Gatineau, Que:

MEN (all finals)

Three-metre synchro: 1. Julian Sanchez and Carlos Moreno, Mexico, 373.63;2. Sun and
Li Shixin, 367.70; 3. Haram Woo and Jin Yong Kim, South Korea, 365.31; 4. Philippe
Gagné, Montreal and François Imbeau-Dulac, St-Lazare, Que., 361.77; 6. Marc
Sabourin-Germain, Montreal and Maxim Bouchard St. Constant, Que., 355.20.

10-metre: 1. Liang Huo, China, 534.35; 2.Yanquan Zhang, China, 491.95; Steele
Johnson, U.S., 474.70; 5. Maxim Bouchard, St. Constant, Que., 414.85.

WOMEN

10-m synchro: 1.Qian Ren and Siyu Ji, China, 332.52; 2. Roseline Filion, Laval,
Que.,and Meaghan Benfeito, Montreal, 323.67; 3. Giovana Almeida and Ingrid Olivetta,
Brazil, 275.66; 4. Carol-Ann Ware, Beloeil, Que., and Eloise Bélanger, Montreal,
264.24.

Three-metre: 1. Ying Wei, China, 356.30; 2. Jennifer Abel, Laval, Que., 339.60; 3.
Uschi Freitag, Netherlands, 332.15; 5. Pamela Ware, Beloeil, Que., 312.25.

 

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