AACHEN, Germany – Rachel Kemp of Victoria won Canada’s second medal in two days at the world junior diving championships on Thursday earning the bronze medal in the women’s platform event in the 14-15 age group.
The medal performance highlighted a brilliant day for Canada’s six divers in action who all posted top seven results in three finals.
Qi Li of China won the gold medal with a three-dive score of 401.00 points in the final. Michelle Cabassol of the U.S., was second at 388.90 and Kemp took the bronze at 358.45.
‘’Rachel did a fantastic job,’’ said Scott Cranham, Diving Canada’s junior elite development director. ‘’You had to be consistently strong to be in the medals and Rachel handled that pressure really well.’’
Pamela Ware of St-Hilaire, Que., placed seventh.
On women’s one-metre springboard in the 16-18 age group, Canadian Olympic team member Jennifer Abel of Laval, Que., missed a podium spot by just under four points in a fourth place finish. She won the silver Wednesday on three-metre.
Abel, 17, competed at the Olympic Games last month in Beijing earning a 13 th place finish on women’s three-metre. She was one of Canada’s busiest divers in 2008 competing at nine international events and three national competitions.
On Thursday she made a mistake on her third dive which likely cost her the medal. Abel said she’d been flawless at the competition up to that point and was pleased to end her season with strong fourth and final dive.
Carol-Anne Ware of St-Hilaire, Que., also impressed on Thursday finish sixth. She squeezed into the final earning the 12 th and final berth for the final in the morning preliminaries by 0.15 points. She said her dives were more polished in the final because she had better focus.
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