Two silvers to start Dubai for Canadian divers

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Two silvers to start Dubai for Canadian divers

Feature photo via FINA Diving World Series – Dubai on Facebook

Canadian divers are off to a great start on the first day of the FINA Diving World Series stop in Dubai.

Coming off five medals in Beijing last week, Team Canada hit the water gracefully with two medals on first day of competition in the 10m and 3m events.


First to hit the podium were Meaghan Benfeito and Roeseline Filion in the women’s 10m synchro. Their silver medal with a score of 321.27 was agonizingly close to the Chinese winners Chen Ruolin and Liu Huixia (324.66). Last week in Beijing, the Canadians were third but in Dubai, the Malaysian pair of Jun Hoong Cheong and Mun Yee Leong (315.18) were beaten by Beinfeito and Filion.

Filion and Benfeito (left) on the podium in Dubai. Photo via FINA/NVC Diving World Series - Dubai on Facebook.

Filion and Benfeito (left) on the podium in Dubai. Photo via FINA Diving World Series – Dubai on Facebook.

“It was so close, I made a mistake on the fourth dive, if I did a normal one like I usually do it would have been an easy gold for us,” Filion said. “But it’s part of the learning process. The most important thing is that we move forward. We’re a lot closer now and we’ll get the one that really counts.”

Benfeito added, “I looked at the scoreboard, I knew we were close. Knowing that we made a big mistake like that and that we were only 3 points away proves that we are getting closer and we are working hard. I think in the next competition it’s just going to get better.”

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The second medal of the day arrived in the 3m synchro courtesy of Jennifer Abel and Pamela Ware (315.51), second to Shi Tingmao and Wu Minxia of China (338.10), but ahead of Mexican duo Paola Espinosa and Dolores Hernandez (303.90).

More to come.

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