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- 13. April 2008.

Bronze medal for Benfeito and Filion at Russia Grand Prix

MOSCOW – Meaghan Benfeito of Montreal and Roseline Filion of Laval, Que., collected a bronze medal on Saturday on women’s 10-metre synchro at the third stop on the FINA Grand Prix diving circuit.

Jennifer Abel of Laval kept herself in medal contention from start to finish and took fifth spot on women’s 10-metre tower.

On women’s 10-metre synchro, China and Russia were 1-2 to finish ahead of the Canadian pair, bronze medallists at the 2005 world championships.

‘’We should have done a lot better,’’ said Filion. ‘’We didn’t capitalize on our opportunities to get first or second place. When we get home we’re going to work a lot harder.’’

‘’It was an average performance,’’ said Canadian national team coach Michel Larouche. ‘’They only got 305 points which is low for them. Their goal was to get at least 315.’’

Cao Jing Zhen of China took the individual tower gold gold totalling 346.90 points with Tatiana Perurina of Russia second at 327.80 and her compatriot Olga Vintonyak third at 326.65.

Abel, whose primary focus this season has been the three-metre springboard, delivered a solid fifth place finish at 311.10.

‘’I did all my dives really well,’’ said Abel, 16, who qualified Canada’s second Olympic spot on three-metre this past February at the FINA World Cup.

‘’I was particularly pleased with my last dive and my third dive, a back three and a half, which had been giving me trouble lately but went well today. With the world juniors coming up after the Olympics I’m still training regularly on the tower this season but for sure I've had more success on three –metre of late.

Abel’ coach Michel Larouche said his young star got the job done.

‘’It was a good score, I was pleased with what she was able to achieve,’’ he said.

Competition ends on Sunday.

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