Sometimes the season doesn’t end the right way.
Diving Plongeon Canada – Montreal’s Meaghan Benfeito finished seventh in the women’s 10m platform final, to end a less than ideal Wednesday at the FINA Diving World Cup in Wuhan, China.
“I’m extremely upset obviously,” said Benfeito, 29, “It’s really not a reflection of what I’ve been working on, I did have a rough start to the season but there was no excuse for it to finish like this.”
The three-time Olympic medallist spent a good portion of the season recovering from various injuries.
On Wednesday, she was fourth after her second dive, but faded to seventh over the final three, finishing with 324.25 points. Her placing inside the Top 8 does qualify her for next season’s FINA Diving World Series, the sport’s premiere tour.
“I completely missed two dives that cost me a medal, and it’s going to hurt for a while but synchro tomorrow so I’m going to try to stay focused on that,” said Benfeito, who has 10m synchro platform with Calgary’s Caeli McKay on Thursday.
China’s Jiaqi Zhang won the women’s platform with 427.30 points.
Celina Toth, of Victoria, was also in the final, and finished in 12th place.
She was pleased with some, but not all, of the technical aspects of her diving.
“Overall I’m actually really happy with what I did this week, unfortunately the result doesn’t show great stuff, but I think I did some great stuff,” said Toth, 26.
In the men’s 3m springboard preliminary, both Montreal’s Philippe Gagné, and François Imbeau-Dulac, of Saint-Lazare, Que., advanced to Thursday’s semifinal.
Full results can be found here: https://bit.ly/2LpLBsT
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