Canadian divers win five medals in Montreal
MONTREAL – There goes Canada, ‘mixing’ it up again.
Jennifer Abel, 26, and François Imbeau-Dulac, 27, captured the gold medal in the mixed 3m synchro springboard, to close the FINA Diving World Series #3 in Montreal on Sunday night.
It is the second night in a row two Canadians have won gold in a mixed synchro event, following Meaghan Benfeito and Nathan Zsombor-Murray doing so on 10m platform on Saturday.
But Sunday was Abel and Imbeau-Dulac’s turn to shine, as they trounced the field with 325.20 points, well in front of Grace Reid and Tom Daley, of Great Britain, who managed 300.84 points. Germany’s Tina Punzel and Lou Massenberg were third place with 300.15 points.
“The entire weekend was absolutely great, and finishing with a gold medal is just the cherry on the sundae,” said Imbeau-Dulac, of Saint-Lazare, Que.
After the two initial compulsory dives, the Canadians really hit their stride.
“We had a shaky start,” said Imbeau-Dulac, “After that we crushed our optionals and managed to get 25-points ahead, which is a massive difference.”
“Usually we know that we are not really good at the compulsory but we know that our optionals can be really good, so that’s the reason why we don’t get nervous about that,” said Abel.ÂÂÂ
The Canadians jumped into the top spot with their second-to-last dive, and hammered it home with an excellent finish.
It is Abel and Imbeau-Dulac’s first gold of this Diving World Series campaign, after a fifth-place finish in Fuji, Japan, and a bronze medal from Beijing, China, both back in March.
Earlier in the evening, Abel, of Laval, Que., took the bronze in the women’s 3m springboard, for her second medal in that event of the Diving World Series season.
She scored 364.80 points, ahead of her fourth-place teammate, Pamela Ware, of Montreal, who managed 351.75 points in the final.
China’s Tingmao Shi won the women’s springboard with 381.95 points, followed by her teammate, Han Wang, who registered 376.10 points.
“I was really focussed,” said Abel, “I did everything that I had to do, that’s the reason why I was really consistent.”
“I was more happy that finally my family had an opportunity to see me, and I did really well,” said Abel, who also won a silver in women’s synchro springboard with Mélissa Citrini-Beaulieu on Friday, to give Abel a medal of each colour this weekend.
“I was a little bit nervous about that because they know I’m good, but it’s a different thing in life only seeing results, so I was really happy that I did three great events in front of them,” said Abel.
In the men’s 10m platform, Olympian Vincent Riendeau, 21, finished fifth in the final with 426.25 points.
Bo Qiu, of China, corralled the gold medal with 568.15 points.
“My goal was definitely to make the final,” said Riendeau, who added that improving his performances was the main objective, more important than placing.
“There’s a few aspects of my diving that were lacking a little bit tonight, but I’m definitely happy in terms of ranking, but I know that the score I could have done better and could probably have reached fourth position,” said Riendeau, who is from Pointe-Claire, Que.
Canada finishes their home Diving World Series event with a total of five medals; two gold, one silver, and two bronze.
Next up is the final FINA Diving World Series of the season, to be held in Kazan, Russia, May 4 to 6, 2018.
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