June 1,2014(ISN) – WINDSOR, Ont. – Olympic medallist Jennifer Abel of Laval, Que., earned her first
individual podium finish this season on the FINA World Series diving circuit placing
third in the women’s three-metre springboard final on Saturday.
World champion Tingmao Shi led China to a 1-2 finish with 398.45 points and Han Wang
was second at 385.05. Abel stayed entrenched in third place through the entire
five-dive final and collected 356.15. Pamela Ware of Beloeil, Que., took fifth
Abel’s best result in her three previous World Series appearances this season was a
fifth last month in London.
”It was super important for me to get that medal,” said Abel, a silver medallist
with Ware on three-metre synchro on Friday. ”This is where I want to be at this
point in the season. I had a difficult start but the work I’ve put in is showing
and I’m gaining more confidence.”
In the World Series standings after five events, Wang stands first at 82 points. He
Zi who dove for China at the first four events is second at 70 and Tania Cagnotto of
Italy third at 56. Ware is in fourth spot at 48 and Abel is sixth.
The Canadians missed the fourth stop in Moscow earlier this month because it
conflicted with the Grand Prix competition in Gatineau, Que, which was also a
selection meet for the FINA World Cup and the Commonwealth Games.
On men’s three-metre, world champion He Chong of China took the gold with Jack
Laugher of Britain second and Ilya Kvasha of Ukraine third. Two-time Olympian Riley
McCormick of Victoria was sixth in his semifinal and took seventh overall.
McCormick switched from 10-m to three-metre after the 2012 Olympics.
The competition is the fifth of six stops on the tour reserved for the top-eight
divers in the world in each event. It is the first time Canada hosts a World Series
Competition ends Sunday at the Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre.