Sept 29,2014(ISN) – MEXICO CITY – Two-time Olympian Jennifer Abel of Laval, Que., delivered a mid-season quality performance to win the gold medal on women’s three-metre Sunday night in diving action at the Pan American Sports Festival.
The Canadian divers collected three more medals for a total of five (two gold, one silver, two bronze).
Abel earned at least 8.0’s on all her dives except for one that average 7.5’s for the victory. Pamela Ware of Beloeil, Que., won a tough battle for the bronze thanks to executing the highest scoring dive of the night in the final round.
”I was pretty surprised to come out this strong for the first event of a new season,” said Abel, 23, third at the FINA World Cup this past summer. ”At this point in the year we are just getting back into executing our optional dives and I’m definitely finding easier this season to find my form in the board.”
Ware was excellent in the preliminaries but wasn’t as smooth in the final.
”It was a little rough in the final,” said the 2013 world championship bronze medallist. ”I was missing that explosiveness I had I the prelims.”
Diving Canada’s technical director Mitch Geller was impressed with both divers.
”This was an exceptional early season performance for Jennifer,” he said. ”Pamela showed tremendous heart with how she finished the competition.”
Canada’s third medal was a bronze earned by 17-year-old Vincent Riendeau of Pointe-Claire, Que., on men’s 10-metre tower. It was Riendeau’s second international medal this season. He was also third on tower at the Commonwealth Games.
After faltering on his first dive, a forward three and half somersault, Riendeau came back strong earning 7.5’s and 8.0’s from the judges on his remaining five dives.
”Like the Commonwealth Games, it came down to the last dive, a back twisting dive, which Vincent performed exceptionally well to move him onto the podium,” said Geller.
Competition ends Tuesday