July 16,2014(ISN) – SHANGHAI – Canada produced a solid start at the FINA World Cup diving competition on
Wednesday as Jennifer Abel of Laval, Que., and Pamela Ware of Beloeil, Que., won the
silver medal in the women’s three-metre synchro event.
Minxia Wu and Shi Tingmao of China won the gold medal at the year’s biggest
competition in the sport with 340.50 points. The Canadians followed at 318.33 and
Maddison Keeney and Anabelle Smith of Australia were third in 310.14.
”We couldn’t be happier,” said Abel, an Olympic bronze medallist on three-metre
synchro with Emilie Heymans at the 2012 Olympics. ”We showed a lot of stability in
our dives and we stayed calm throughout the entire competition. ”
Abel and Ware bettered by one spot their result at last year’s FINA World
Championships in Barcelona. They have won nine medals in 12 international events
since joining forces last season.
”The key was our compulsory dives,” said Abel. ”Usually we are trailing behind
the others after those dives but today we were in the thick of the battle. Even
though we hadn’t competed in over a month we maintained our strong performances from
earlier this season.”
On men’s 10-metre synchro, Yue Lin and Yuan Cao of China were the winners with
494.46 points. Sascha Klein and Patrick Hausding of Germany were second at 444.78
and David Boudia and Steele Johnson of the U.S. third at 414.42.
Maxim Bouchard of St. Constant, Que., and 16-year-old Philippe Gagné of Montreal
”It was an amazing and stressful competition at the same time,” said Gagné, in his
second season with Bouchard. ”I’d never competed before such a big crowd and
against such tough competition. But we came through it with a very satisfying
performance. There’s probably only one dive we would want back.”
Competition continues Thursday with the women’s 10-metre synchro final featuring
Olympic bronze medallists Meaghan Benfeito of Montreal and Roseline Filion of Laval
as well as the men’s three-metre synchro with Gagné and François Imbeau-Dulac of
St-Lazare, Que., the Canadian entry.