Abel finishes eighth in women’s 3m springboard
Jennifer Abel finished eighth on Sunday in the women’s 3m springboard event at the Olympic Games.
The 29-year-old was third following Saturday’s semifinal and was third heading into her third dive of Sunday’s competition but missed her entry on the reverse two-and-a-half somersaults dive, dropping her to ninth.
“I just really overreacted to how I felt in the air and then I made that big mistake so it put me out of any chance to get a medal,” said Abel. “It’s never over until the last diver so I was still there, still wanting to finish with a positive attitude and I think that is pretty much what I did.”
(Photo: Photo by Leah Hennel/COC)
According to Diving Plongeon Canada’s Chief Technical Officer, Mitch Geller, Abel’s takeoff on her third dive was nearly perfect.
“It was almost too technically correct coming off the board,” he said. “She had a very good takeoff; the problem is she doesn’t get a very good takeoff consistently. She’s usually working on some corrections; she goes to where she is more comfortable, so when she took off with what we would consider almost ideal circumstances, she just wasn’t prepared for the timing of the whole thing.”
Abel (Laval, QC), who finished fourth in the 3m springboard event at the 2016 Olympics, returns home with the silver medal she won last week with Mélissa Citrini-Beaulieu (Saint-Constant, QC) in the women’s synchronized 3m springboard event.
“Obviously I am sad because I wanted to be on the podium today, but at the same time, we showed the world it’s possible to have major Games during the pandemic so I think in general there is way more positive than negative,” said Abel. “For me, I couldn’t be more prepared to come here. I was ready physically and mentally. It wasn’t my day today.”
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