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- 11. April 2008.

Jennifer Abel and Emma Friesen reach three-metre final at Russia Grand Prix

MOSCOW – Jennifer Abel of Laval, Que., and Emma Friesen of Vancouver finished second in their respective semifinal heats on Friday to advance to the women’s three-metre springboard final at the third stop on the FINA Grand Prix diving circuit.

Abel qualifies for a second final after winning her semifinal heat on 10-metre tower on Thursday. Friesen meanwhile has a gained a berth in the final six in her senior international debut.

‘’Jennifer has definitely showed she is one of the top divers here,’’ said Abel’s coach Michel Larouche. ‘’I’m very satisfied with her performance here. She’s definitely on a roll these days and she should have a strong final.’’

Abel, 16, has emerged as one of Canada’s brightest diving talents over the last few months. She qualified a second spot for Canada on three-metre at the FINA World Cup in February by finishing an impressive 11th.

‘’Jennifer is physically very strong,’’ said Larouche. ‘’She has an ability to gain a lot of height on her dives. And she’s very competitive and isn’t impressed by the competition. She’s got an attitude that could take her pretty far.’’

Larouche wasn’t surprised to see Friesen in the final.

‘’She delivered a strong performance,’’ he said. ‘’She dove well and capitalized on her opportunities to make the final.’’

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