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Diving Canada – A Diving World Series season lasts more than two arduous months, and flits around the world, with the fifth and final event ending Sunday in London, England.

Although tired, Canada’s Jennifer Abel mustered the energy for a two-medal day, a silver in the women’s 3m springboard, and a bronze with partner François Imbeau-Dulac, in the mixed 3m synchronized springboard. 

The individual event was first on Sunday, and Abel, from Laval, Que., managed a score of 353.05 points. 

“I’m really pleased about my performance today especially in the individual after five World Series I felt like I was getting tired but I was able to manage everything,” said the 27 year-old.

The Olympian had some ground to make up in the rankings after missing her fourth of five dives. Luckily, she and coach Arturo Miranda had mixed up her dive list, putting a strong dive last.

“I knew I was in fifth position and I needed to nail the last dive so I could be on the podium,” said Abel, “I really like the pressure that I had, I think that was the reason why we tried to put it at the end because we know that if I’m in a good position to win or a good position like that to be on the podium, if I nail that dive it will be very successful for me.”

Abel executed well, scoring 85.00 points, the highest of any diver on their last dive, and vaulted into second-place ahead of Nur Dhabitah Binti Sabri of Malaysia, who collected 344.40 points.

Australia’s Maddison Keeney won the gold medal with 368.30 points.

Montreal’s Pamela Ware, 26, was sixth in the final with 329.15 points.

  

The final event of the competition was the mixed 3m synchro springboard, where Abel and Imbeau-Dulac picked up 319.02 points and the bronze medal in a tight field.

Just 3.90 points separated first from fourth place.

“Jenn and I are very pleased with our performance, it was five beautiful and consistent dives, the synchro was there and the individual dives as well,” said Imbeau-Dulac, from St-Lazare, Que.

“We know each other very well, how to handle a competition together very well, and I think we should be very, very proud of what we accomplished this year,” said the 28 year-old.

Tom Daley and Grace Reid won the gold medal in front of a home crowd with 322.89 points a mere 0.75 points ahead of silver medallists Domonic Bedggood and Maddison Keeney of Australia. 

Earlier in the day, Canada’s Vincent Riendeau was fourth in semifinal A of the men’s 10m platform with 445.00 points, and did not advance to the final.   

The senior national team now returns to Canada to prepare for the 18th FINA World Championships in Gwangju, Korea, with the diving events to be held July 12 to July 20, 2019.

Full results can be found here: http://omegatiming.com/Competition?id=0001130004FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF&sport=AQ&year=

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Maëlle Dancause

Manager, Public Relations

Diving Plongeon Canada

C: 514-475-4540 | maelle@diving.ca