Today in Shanghai, Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion combined to win bronze in 10m synchro at the FINA Diving World Cup.
The longtime teammates registered 335.25 points, only 1.41 behind Malaysia’s Leong Mun Yee and Cheong Jun Hoong. The winners were China’s Chen Ruolin and Liu Huixia with 357.66 points. China has now won all five of the completed events.
For Benfeito and Filion, the bronze is one place lower than their finish at 2013 FINA World Aquatic Championships, with World Cup being the equivalent level of competition in alternating years.
The podium is not a surprise for the London 2012 bronze medallists. Along with the Chinese team, Canada’s platform pair have been among the most consistent on the World Series tour. Attending five of six stops, Benfeito and Filion medalled at all of them including a victory in Windsor.
The medal is Canada’s second in two days. Jennifer Abel and Pamela Ware won silver in 3m synchro on Wednesday, with the men’s version of that competition occurring Thursday. Quebec’s Philippe Gagné and François Imbeau-Dulac were seventh in their World Cup debut.
The synchro portion of the competition is now finished. Benfeito and Filion will aim to carry their momentum into Friday’s individual 10m event. Canada’s other medal threats Abel and Ware will have to wait another day to begin competing again, with the women’s 3m prelims and semifinals scheduled for Day 4, (Saturday).
Photo courtesy: Diving Plongeon Canada
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