Canada nominates six divers, including three Olympic medallists to Rio 2016
Six divers were named to Team Canada on Monday, to represent the country at Rio 2016, including three Olympic medallists.
Abel won three-metre synchro bronze at London 2012 with the legendary Emilie Heymans, who retired after her fourth trip to an Olympic podium. Since then the Abel-Ware partnership has blossomed into one of the best in the world, with two synchro world championship medals.
At Barcelona 2013, Ware also captured an individual three-metre world bronze, a feat that Abel had achieved at Shanghai 2011.
Filion and Benfeito have been inseparable for over a decade and will represent Canada in 10m synchro, which was their Olympic bronze medal-winning event four years ago. At Kazan 2015, the duo won their latest world championship medal – a silver – their third podium at that level.
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All four female divers– dubbed the FAB IV – will compete in individual and synchro events.
Canada will be sending two teenagers to compete in men’s diving, both highly touted for the future, but will be out to make the present count in Brazil.
Gagne, 18, will take on the field in the three-metre individual, in which he won a bronze at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games.
Nineteen-year-old Riendeau will be in the 10m individual, in which he has a Commonwealth Games bronze from Glasgow 2014.
Diving will take place in Barra’s Olympic Park, specifically at the Maria Lenk Aquatic Centre from August 7 to 19.
At the time of the announcement, Team Canada went up to 47 nominated athletes for Rio 2016.