Benfeito, Filion dive to bronze with season-best score
Canada's Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion needed every point in their season-best international score to win bronze in the women's 10-metre synchro event Thursday at the FINA World Cup diving competition in Shanghai.
World champions Chen Ruolin and Liu Huixia of China won the gold medal with 357.66 points. There was a four-way battle for the silver and bronze with Jun Hoong Cheong and Mun Yee Leong of Malaysia second at 336.66 and the veteran Canadian pair at 335.25 — the second highest international score of their careers.
Only eight points separated second from fifth. Rachel Bugg and Melissa Wu of Australia were fourth at 331.44 and Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow of Britain fifth at 328.56.
Montreal's Benfeito and Filion, from Laval, Que., have stepped on the podium in each of their seven international competitions this season.
"Probably the only dive we would want back is our last one," said Benfeito, about their twisting diving. "I went over a little bit too much. I had just a little bit too much energy. I knew how the close the competition was and that we needed a really strong dive to stay in the medals."
The day didn't start as planned for the nine-year Canadian pair as they placed fifth in the morning preliminaries.
"We had some difficulties in prelims," said Benfeito. "But our experience and strength as a team showed in the final."
Benfeito and Filion will be competing at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, which begin on July 23 with coverage on CBC Television and CBCSports.ca. The diving events start July 30.
China wins men's gold
In men's three-metre synchro, China made it five-for five with Yue Lin and Yuan Cao earning the gold. Stephan Feck and Patrick Hausding of Germany were second and Evgenii Kuznetsov and Ilia Zakharov of Russia were third.
Philippe Gagne of Montreal and Francois Imbeau-Dulac of St-Lazare, Que., in only their second competition together, were seventh.
The 16-year-old Gagne was also partnered with Maxim Bouchard on 10-metre synchro on Wednesday, placing 11th.
"It is very easy to adapt to [Gagne] as partner and I hope we can keep this going," said Imbeau-Dulac, a 2012 Olympian. "Already today we showed a lot of consistency in our performance which was our main goal here."
With files from CBCSports.ca