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Three Metre Diving Competition- China take the title
LONDON- Jennifer Abel of Laval, Que., and Émilie Heymans of St-Lambert, Que., won the bronze medal on women’s three-metre synchro on Sunday in diving competition at the Olympic Games.
It was Canada’s first medal of the Games. For Heymans, 30, it was a fourth consecutive Olympics she has won a medal. She is the first diver in Olympic history to achieve that feat.
"We really worked very hard for this," Heymans told RDS. "We are really happy that it went very well. Now we feel the pressure has dropped and right now it’s a lot of fun. I’m really pleased to win this medal with Jennifer."
He Zi and Wu Minxia of China led from start to finish winning the gold medal with 346.20 points. Kelci Bryant and Abigail Johnston of the U.S., won the battle for silver over the Canadians with 321.90 and Abel and Heymans, who joined forces only two years ago, were third at 316.80.
"There is a lot going on with it being the first medal for Canada and my first medal as well so we are really proud of ourselves," said Abel, 20, competing at her second Games. "We are also one of the newer teams so we are very satisfied."
Canada bounced around the standings going as high as second after the first round and dropping to fifth after the second only to climb back to third after the fourth round.
"We had some difficulties on our second dive," said Heymans. "It’s a compulsory dive so we usually do it well. I think it was more psychological and we lost our concentration. But what is important is that we were able to calm down and focus on the last three dives."
At her first Olympics in 2000, Heymans earned a silver in the 10-metre synchro with Anne Montminy. In 2004, she notched another silver in the same event with Blythe Hartley. Then in 2008 she won the individual silver on 10-metre tower.
Heymans and Abel competed for the first time together in April 2010 and enjoyed quick success including a gold that year at the Commonwealth Games, silver at the 2011 world championships and silver this past February at the FINA World Cup.
Diving competition continues Monday with the men’s 10-meter synchro. That is the only diving event Canada did not earn a spot. On Tuesday, Meaghan Benfeito of Montreal and Roseline Filion of Laval, Que., are medal contenders in the women’s 10-metre synchro.
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