Sunday, May 5, 2013

Jennifer Abel wins diving gold medal at 2013 Gillette Canada Cup

GATINEAU, Que. — Jennifer Abel of Laval, Que., and Pamela Ware of Beloeil, Que., earned gold and silver on three-metre and Roseline Filion of Laval, Que., and Meaghan Benfeito of Montreal added a silver on 10-metre synchro on Saturday at the 2013 Gillette Canada Cup Grand Prix diving competition.

The event is the third stop on the FINA Grand Prix circuit.

On women’s three-metre, Abel produced a top-notch performance totalling 353.40 points averaging 8.0′s on four of her five dives in the final. Ware finished with two outstanding dives to take the silver at 341.15 and Dolores Hernandez of Mexico was third at 315.15.

“It’s a thrill to win an international event at home,” said Abel. “I knew the expectations were high for me but it was a good pressure.”

On women’s 10-metre synchro, Lian Jie and Huang Xiaohui of China were the winners at 331.50. Filion and Benfeito, the Olympic bronze medallists in London, earned 9.0′s on their first two dives en route to second spot at 319.32. Monica Marquez and Karla Rivas of Mexico were third at 296.34.

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