July 17,2014(ISN) – SHANGHAI – Canada’s Olympic medallists Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion needed
every point in their season best international score on Thursday to win the bronze
in the women’s 10-metre synchro event at the FINA World Cup diving competition.
World champions Chen Ruolin and Liu Huixia of China won the gold medal with 357.66
points. There was a four-way battle for the silver and bronze with Jun Hoong Cheong
and Mun Yee Leong of Malaysia second at 336.66 and the veteran Canadian pair
followed at 335.25, the second best international score of their careers.
Only eight points separated second from fifth. Rachel Bugg and Melissa Wu of
Australia were fourth at 331.44 and Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow of Britain fifth at
Benfeito and Filion, from Montreal and Laval respectively, have stepped on the
podium in all their seven international competitions this season.
”Probably the only dive we would want back is our last one,” said Benfeito, about
their twisting diving. ”I went over a little bit too much. I had just a little
bit too much energy. I knew how the close the competition was and that we needed a
really strong dive to stay in the medals.”
The day didn’t start as planned for the nine-year Canadian pair as they placed fifth
in the morning preliminaries.
”We had some difficulties in prelims,” said Benfeito. ”But our experience and
strength as a team showed in the final.”
In men’s three-metre synchro, China made it five-for five with Yue Lin and Yuan Cao
earning the gold. Stephan Feck and Patrick Hausding of Germany were second and
Evgenii Kuznetsov and Ilia Zakharov of Russia were third.
Philippe Gagné of Montreal and François Imbeau-Dulac of St-Lazare, Que., in only
their second competition together, were seventh.
The 16-year-old Gagné was also partnered with Maxim Bouchard on 10-m synchro on
Wednesday placing 11th.
”It is very easy to adapt to him as partner and I hope we can keep this going,”
said Imbeau-Dulac, a 2012 Olympian about Gagné. ”Already today we showed a lot of
consistency in our performance which was our main goal here.”
Benfeito and Filion are back in action Friday with the women’s 10-m individual event
while Imbeau-Dulac of St-Lazare, Que., and Cody Yano of Edmonton are the Canadian
entries on men’s three-metre.