Meaghan Benfeito, Roseline Filion win FINA diving gold
Canadian Olympic medallists shine in Windsor, Ont.
Meaghan Benfeito of Montreal and RoselineFilion of Laval, Que., earned their first gold medal on the FINA World Series diving circuit Friday in women's 10-metre tower.
Benfeito and Filion, the Olympic bronze medallists and currently ranked second in the world, totalled 330.75 points. Sarah Barrow and Tonia Couch of Britain followed for silver at 311.10 and Emily Boyd and Lara Tarvit of Australia were third at 308.58.
"It's really incredible to win an international gold medal at home," said Benfeito. "It's something we don't experience very often. Everything we worked on in practice showed in our performance today. It's very motivating for our big events coming up this summer. We know what we need to improve and we are going to focus on that."
Xiaohui Huang and Jie Lian of China withdrew after their first dive due to an injury.
"They are a team that generally scores in the 330 point area so we are pleased to be around that score as well," said Benfeito. "It shows we are closing in on the Chinese."
Jennifer Abel of Laval and Pamela Ware of Beloeil, Que., meanwhile came within 0.15 points of a powerful Chinese pair in a thrilling three-metre synchro final for the silver.