Gold and silver for Canadian divers at Commonwealth Games


July 30,2014(ISN) – EDINBURGH, Scotland – Meaghan Benfeito of Montreal and Roseline Filion of Laval won
the gold medal Wednesday on women’s 10-metre synchro while Jennifer Abel of Laval
and Pamela Ware of Beloeil, Que., took silver on three-metre synchro at the
Commonwealth Games.

On women’s 10-metre synchro, Benfeito and Filion placed first with 310.65 points,
Sarah Barrow and Tonia Couch of England were second at 307.92 and Pandelela Rinong
Pamg and Nur Dhabitah Sabri of Malaysia third at 300.12.

The Canadians nailed their last dive of the competition, a back two and half
somersault with one and half twists to emerge victorious after trailing in second
or third most of the competition. In the previous round they executed a subpar
score for their back three and half.

“I wasn’t expecting to come out of this with a gold,” said Benfeito. “I knew that we
were still in the hunt for a medal. Gold, I didn’t think so, but our last dive is a
strong dive and it’s the reason it’s our last dive. We did it pretty well and we’re
happy with the result.”

Filion and Benfeito have enough experience that in diving it’s never over.

“We were prepared for all these kinds of problems,” said Filion. “Our team manager
said in a meeting ‘You never know what’s going to happen. Be prepared, be ready. We
could wait the amount of time it took. We were there to compete and dive and that’s
what we did.”

Filion and Benfeito, who have competed together since 2005, stepped on the podium in
all eight of their international events this season.

On three-metre synchro, Alicia Blagg and Rebecca Gallantree of England were the
winners with 300.24 points, Abel and Ware followed at 296.65 and Maddison Keeney and
Anabelle Smith of Australia were third at 294.72.

”We are a little disappointed with our performance,” said Abel. ”Our training was
going well and we were second at the World Cup (two weeks ago) with a much better
score. We were a bit nervous and it didn’t go as planned.”

On men’s one-metre Riley McCormick of Victoria was eighth, Cody Yano of Edmonton
11th and François Imbeau-Dulac of St-Lazare, Que., 12th.

Diving competition resumes Thursday.

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