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Diving Canada – Canada’s Pamela Ware wins first career Grand Prix diving gold
MADRID – Pamela Ware of Montreal earned her first career international victory on women’s individual three-metre on Friday to open the fourth stop on the FINA Grand Prix diving circuit.
‘‘’It felt great being on the top of the podium, but I know I can do better,’’ said Ware. ‘’I have a lot of improvements to make in my dives. With only three months of training this year, I am happy about how most of my dives went.’’
Ware, seventh in the event at the 2016 Olympic Games, totalled 301.35 points for the win. Maria Coburn of the U.S. was second at 295.70 and Inge Jensen of the Netherlands third at 295.60.
‘’The great thing about Pam is that she never gives up,’’ said Ware’s coach Aaron Dziver. ‘’After she over rotated her second dive she came back to do two phenomenal dives and win a very close competition.’’
It was Ware’s third competition since undergoing foot surgery in December. She won the bronze medal at the Grand Prix stop in Gatineau, Que., in April and was fifth at the World Series event in Windsor, Ont., a few weeks later. This is also her last international meet before the FINA World Championships in July.
‘’A first international victory is obviously going to stick with her a long time,’’ said Dziver. ‘’She had high expectations of herself for this competition. She was committed to getting on the podium today.’’
Mia Vallée of Beaconsfield, Que., reached the semifinals and was eighth overall in her third career Grand Prix event.
On men’s 10-m tower, Randal Willars led Mexico to a 1-2 finish. Ethan Pitman of Edmonton was 13th in the preliminaries missing a berth in the semis by one spot.
Competition continues through to Sunday.