Lima: two podiums to cap-off the 2019 Pan Am Games
Canada finished the Pan Am Games diving competition with two medals on Monday night, a gold for Laval, Que.’s Jennifer Abel in the women’s 3m springboard and a bronze for Beaconsfield, Que.’s Vincent Riendeau in the men’s 10m platform in Lima, Peru.
Abel, 27, scored 374.25 points in the final to win, “That was my main goal, to keep my title, it was getting tougher and tougher, I knew that the girls were doing great but I took it one dive at a time and I was very focused for my last dive,” said the three-time Olympian.
“I learned a lot even though I’m pretty old for diving, I learned a lot to calm myself, I’ve been working very hard with my coach, I was prepared, so for sure I didn’t want to miss, I had a lot of pressure but I took one dive at a time and I was focusing on what I was doing now and I was not thinking about the future and that’s what helped me today,” said Abel.
Mexico’s Dolores Hernandez was second-place with 339.60 points while Brooke Schultz, of the USA, won the bronze medal with 334.85 points.
Montreal’s Pamela Ware finished fourth with 330.60 points.
To close the diving competition, Riendeau managed a bronze medal with 462.70 points in the men’s 10m, “I’m quite happy with this individual medal, first Pan Am individual medal, so it’s a success for me, I didn’t do my best list but I did quite a good list I know what I have to work on for next season so it’s a good thought finishing the season,” said the 2016 Olympian.
“Overall I’m really happy with how the season’s ended, this trip has been amazing, two medals here I couldn’t ask for more,” said Riendeau.
Mexico went 1-2 in the men’s platform with Kevin Berlin Reyes winning with 500.35 points and his teammate Ivan A. Garcia Navarro collecting 497.55 points for second.
Pointe-Claire, Que.’s Nathan Zsombor-Murray, 16, finished sixth-place in the final with 433.00 points.
Over five days of competition, the Canadian team won nine medals including four gold, three silver, and two bronze.
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