Canadian Olympic Medal Count
In her second Olympic Games at London 2012, Meaghan Benfeito won 10m synchro bronze with longtime partner Roseline Filion. Four years later at Rio 2016, the best friends and diving sisters won another bronze medal together, followed by Benfeito winning a bronze medal in the individual 10m event.
Benfeito and Filiion had become one the best 10m teams in the world since a surprising bronze medal at the 2005 FINA World Championships which came just a couple of months after they placed third at the Canada Cup, their first international competition together. Fourth in 2007 and 2009, they returned to the world championship podium with silver in 2013 and added another silver in 2015. The duo also won medals at three straight editions of the biennial FINA World Cup. They finished second overall in the 10m synchro rankings of both the 2015 and 2016 FINA World Series.
Benfeito has won multiple medals at other multi-sport games, including the Pan Ams. In 2015 she and Filion captured 10m synchro gold and finished second and third in the individual 10m event. In 2011 she had won silver with Filion and bronze individually. In 2014 she was a double Commonwealth Games gold medallist in the 10m and 10m synchro events. Four years later, she was selected as Team Canada’s flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. She went on to win silver medals in both the individual 10m and 10m synchro events, the latter alongside Caeli McKay, with whom she had teamed up following Filion’s retirement after Rio 2016.
In 2017 and 2019, Benfeito and McKay finished third in the FINA World Series standings while Benfeito earned the same ranking in the individual 10m event both years. Benfeito was a double gold medallist at the 2019 Pan Am Games in Lima.
In February 2020, Benfeito was a double gold medallist at the FINA World Series in Montreal before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down all competitions. When they resumed, Benfeito and McKay won 10m synchro gold at the 2021 FINA World Cup to secure their spot in the event for Tokyo 2020. In her fourth Olympic appearance, Benfeito finished fourth in the 10m synchro event with McKay. She missed qualifying for the final of the individual 10m event by one spot.
A Little More About Meaghan
Getting into the Sport: Started diving at age 7 and competing at age 8… Entered her first international junior competitions at age 12… Watching Alex Despatie and Émilie Heymans dive she thought it looked fun to fly in the air… Outside Interests: Enjoys baking and decorating cakes… Photography is her main hobby, taking pictures everywhere she goes… Loves fashion and seeing new collections… Would like to become an early childhood educator… Odds and Ends: Doesn’t allow herself to have any superstitions… Favourite motto: Winning isn’t everything but losing sucks…
|2008 Beijing||Aquatics - Diving||Synchronized Platform 10m - Women||7|
|2012 London||Aquatics - Diving||Platform 10m - Women||11|
|2012 London||Aquatics - Diving||Synchronized Platform 10m - Women||Bronze|
|2016 Rio||Aquatics - Diving||Synchronized Platform 10m - Women||Bronze|
|2016 Rio||Aquatics - Diving||Platform 10m - Women||Bronze|
|2020 Tokyo||Aquatics - Diving||Platform 10m - Women||13|
|2020 Tokyo||Aquatics - Diving||Synchronized Platform 10m - Women||4|
Notable International Results
Olympic Games: 2020 - 4th (10m synchro), 13th (10m); 2016 - BRONZE (10m synchro), BRONZE (10m); 2012 – BRONZE (10m synchro), 11th (10m); 2008 – 7th (10m synchro)
Pan American Games: 2019 – GOLD (10m), GOLD (10m synchro); 2015 – GOLD (10m synchro), BRONZE (10m); 2011 – SILVER (10m synchro), BRONZE (10m); 2007 –BRONZE (3m synchro), 6th (3m)
Commonwealth Games: 2018 – SILVER (10m), SILVER (10m synchro); 2014 – GOLD (10m), GOLD (10m synchro); 2006 – BRONZE (10m synchro)
FINA World Championships: 2019 - 6th (10m), 4th (10m synchro); 2017 – 4th (10m synchro), 8th (10m); 2015 – SILVER (10m synchro), 7th (10m), SILVER (10m mixed synchro); 2013 – SILVER (10m synchro); 2011 – 7th (10m synchro), 4th (10m); 2009 – 4th (10m), 4th (10m synchro); 2007 – 4th (10m synchro); 2005 – BRONZE (10m synchro)
FINA World Cup: 2021 – GOLD (10m synchro); 2018 – BRONZE (10m synchro), 7th (10m); 2014 – BRONZE (10m synchro), 9th (10m); 2012 – SILVER (10m synchro), 13th (10m); 2010 – BRONZE (10m synchro), 4th (10m)
FINA World Championships (junior): 2006 - 5th (1m), 27th (3m), BRONZE (10m), 5th (3m synchro); 2004 - 10th (1m), 9th (10m)