Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Jennifer Abel earns diving bronze at FINA world championships

BARCELONA – July 20, 2013 - First-year partners Jennifer Abel of Laval, Que., and Pamela Ware of Beloeil, Que., made a spectacular comeback to win the bronze medal in the women’s three-metre synchro diving event on Saturday at the FINA World Aquatic Championships.

Wu Minxia and her new partner Shi Tingmao of China took the gold with 338.40 points, Tania Cagnotto and Francesca Dallape of Italy were second at 307.80 and Abel and Ware followed at 292.08. Minxia has been on the winning three-metre synchro team at the past three Olympics and six of the last seven world championships.

Abel is a two-time Olympian who teamed with Emilie Heymans the last two seasons earning bronze at the 2012 Olympics and silver at the last worlds in 2011 in Shanghai. This year, Abel and Ware have enjoyed success together winning three international medals and two Canadian titles.

On Saturday, the pair had a rough start and were in 10th place with two dives remaining. However they climbed to sixth in the fourth round and third after their fifth and final twisting dive earned them a string of 7.5’s and 8.0’s.

‘’I don’t think we have come close yet to reaching our full potential,’’ said Abel, 21. ‘’I think we showed today how strong we are mentally by never giving up. We have a similar style and show a lot of height and power on our dives. I’m excited about the future.’’

Ware said the early rounds just fired her up.

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