Jennifer Abel and Melissa Citrini Beaulieu of Canada hold their silver medalsAP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein
AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein

Abel and Citrini-Beaulieu win world championship silver and Tokyo 2020 qualification

Jennifer Abel and Mélissa Citrini-Beaulieu have qualified for Tokyo 2020 in the women’s 3m synchro event after winning silver at the FINA World Championships.

This also marks a national record for Abel, who now has nine World Championship medals. Before winning Monday’s medal, she was tied with retired Team Canada athletes Alex Despatie and Ryan Cochrane for the most medals won by a Canadian at the World Championships.

Abel and Citrini-Beaulieu finished the competition with a total of 311.10 points. They were consistently in second place throughout the five dives.

Chinese duo Wang Han and Shi Tingmao claimed the top prize with 342 points. Mexico’s Paola Spinosa Sanchez and Melany Hernandez Torres finished behind the Canadians with 294.90 points.

This is the second straight World Championship silver for the Canadian duo.

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Also competing on Monday are Vincent Riendeau and Nathan Zsombor-Murray in the men’s 10m synchro platform.

Competition at the FINA World Championships continues through to July 28. Diving, artistic swimming and open water events will conclude on July 20. Swimming competition will start on July 21.

To catch all the action, you can find a downloadable schedule of CBC’s livestream here.