Fuji Diving World Series – Day 3
Diving Plongeon Canada – Sometimes you just need to dance.
That’s what Pamela Ware did to stay loose in her semifinal, and it worked, as she qualified for the final of the women’s 3m springboard at FINA Diving World Series #2 in Fuji, Japan on Saturday.
The 2016 Olympian would go on to finish fifth overall with 307.50 points. She missed the final at last week’s Diving World Series #1 in Beijing, China.
“This week I just told myself that I just needed to have some fun because that’s when I dive best,” said Ware, from Montreal, “So I really went into the competition just not thinking too much and just really enjoying the day.”
Ware, 25, says she danced on the board during the semis when the music was playing, but lost some of that zeal in the final after missing her second dive, leaving her disappointed.
“I was happy that I made the final but then I wanted to do better, obviously, than I did,” said Ware.
While the Diving World Series events typically feature the most elite divers in the world, the Canadians also had preparation in mind for next month’s Commonwealth Games.
“These competitions for me were really to get back into competing and to train my dives as much as I can,” said Ware, “I wasn’t nervous but I feel like I had lost the beat of competing so it feels good to have that back.”
China’s Tingmao Shi won the women’s springboard with 388.05 points.
Jennifer Abel, of Laval, Que., was fourth in Semifinal B and did not advance to the final, which is rare for the three-time Olympian.
“Today was a bad at the office,” said Abel.
“You can miss once, but not twice and I did major mistakes so I knew that it was over but I fought until the end, no matter what you don’t want to give up.”
Later in the day Abel teamed up with François Imbeau-Dulac to finish fifth in the mixed 3m synchro springboard.
“We were here to make some mistakes and learn from them and make sure that we go back home and work on them and be ready for Commonwealth Games,” said Abel.
The Canadian team will now return home and prepare for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games being held April 4 to 15 in Australia.
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