Abel and Citrini-Beaulieu grab bronze to open the London DWS
Diving Canada – Laval, Que.’s Jennifer Abel and Saint-Constant, Que.’s Mélissa Citrini-Beaulieu captured a bronze medal in the women’s 3m synchronized springboard on Day 1 at FINA Diving World Series #5 in London, England.
“We are very happy with how it went today,” said Abel, 27, who with her 23 year-old teammate scored 306.45 points to sit behind silver medallists Lin Shan and Chang Yani of China (316.77 points), while Australia’s Maddison Keeney and Anabelle Smith were the gold medallists with 323.70 points.
“It was a pretty good day for Mélissa and I, obviously we would have loved to be on top of the podium which was possible for us, but we made little mistakes that put us third,” said Abel who talked about their fourth and fifth dives being underwhelming.
“I think it’s a great way to end the last World Series,” said Citrini-Beaulieu after the fifth and final event, “It also makes us hungry for more and to work harder for Worlds.”
Abel echoed her partners’ motivation, “We are really excited that it’s finally over and now we can go back home and work for our major goal, which is the world championships and being on the podium in Korea.”
Olympians François Imbeau-Dulac and Philippe Gagné finished fourth in the men’s 3m synchro springboard with 404.67 points.
China’s Wu Luxian and Wang Zongyuan were the winners with 418.68 points.
Day 2 of the London DWS is on Saturday with Calgary’s Caeli McKay in the women’s 10m platform, while Imbeau-Dulac and Gagne will take on the men’s 3m springboard.
Abel and Imbeau-Dulac will team up in the mixed 3m synchro springboard to end the day.
Full results can be found here: http://omegatiming.com/Competition?id=0001130004FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF&sport=AQ&year=2019
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