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Montreal's Benfeito dives to 10-metre gold at Canada Cup

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The Canadian Press
5/5/2013 7:50:55 PM
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GATINEAU, Que. -- Meaghan Benfeito of Montreal won the 10-metre tower Sunday at the 2013 Gillette Canada Cup for her second career international diving victory.

Jennifer Abel of Laval, Que., and Pamela Ware of Beloeil, Que., added a silver on women's three-metre synchro to boost Canada's medal total at the event to five.

Benfeito highlighted a steady performance in the final with big marks for her forward, inward, backward and twisting dives for a total score of 393.70. Lian Jie of China was second with 387.40 while compatriot Huang Xiachui claimed the bronze with 316.95.

"I knew Jie would be my top rival for the gold but I tried not took think about that too much during the competition," Benfeito said. "But to beat both them and get the win here is very satisfying. The Chinese are the best in the world in this sport and they are the ones we are trying to catch."

Liu Jiao and Lin Qu of Chin won the three-metre synchro, scoring 317.70. Abel and Ware recorded a season's best 307.95, while Samantha Mills and Qin Fan of Australia were third with 279.60.

The Canadians, in their first year as partners, didn't have much opportunity to practice over the last month as Ware had been diving on the FINA World Series circuit.

"We showed again today that we adapt well to each other, we excel on the same dives and have a similar style," Ware said.

The two medals came a day after Abel and Ware finished 1-2 on the individual three-metres and Benfeito teamed up with Roseline Filion of Laval, Que., to win silver in 10-metre synchro.

"To come back with a performance like this is very encouraging for the future," said Abel. "It's great to reach our objectives and win a medal in front of our home crowd."

Francois Imbeau-Dulac of St-Lazare,Que., was in the hunt for a bronze or better in the men's three-metre final, but wound up sixth after he missed his last dive.

He Chao of China won the gold medal.

Philippe Gagne of Mascouche, Que., and Maxim Bouchard of St-Constant, Que., were fifth in men's 10-metre synchro.

Meaghan Benfeito  (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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