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Canada's Benfeito & Riendeau earn mixed synchro diving silver

Meaghan Benfeito and Vincent Riendeau claimed the silver medal on Sunday in the mixed synchro event to conclude the sixth and final stop on the FINA World Series diving circuit at Merida, Mexico.

Diving duo places 2nd in season standings as well

For the second weekend in a row, Meaghan Benfeito and Vincent Riendeau claimed a FINA World Series diving medal, winning silver Sunday in Mexico in the mixed synchro diving event. (Twitter photo)

Meaghan Benfeito and Vincent Riendeau claimed the silver medal on Sunday in the mixed synchro event to conclude the sixth and final stop on the FINA World Series diving circuit at Merida, Mexico.

Xiaohu Tai and Jie Lian of China won gold with 344.94 points, the Canadians followed at 325.38 and Jahir Ocampo and Paola Espinosa of Mexico placed third at 318.90.

It was the same order of finish in the event's season standings. Montreal's Benfeito and Riendeau, from Point-Claire, Que., were second at five of the six stops.

On the women's 10-metre tower, Canada was kept off the podium for a second straight week. Yajie Se of China won gold with 392.50, her compatriot Qian Ren was second at 372.15 and Tonia Couch of Britain was third at 370.60. Roseline Filion of Laval, Que., was fourth at 344.20.

Benfeito was fifth in her semifinal heat and ranked eighth overall.

Couch took the season title with 76 points, Filion was second at 70, Pandelela Rinong of Malaysia third at 62. Both Filion and Benfeito won an event this season. China's top-two tower divers did not compete at the last two stops on the circuit.

On men's three-metre, Jian Yang of China took the gold with 570.05 points and was also first overall with three victories this season. Ivan Garcia of Mexico was second at 555.80 and Thomas Daley of Britain third at 545.65.

Riendeau qualified for a third straight final and took fifth spot — his best result this season.

Maxim Bouchard of St-Constant, Que., was ninth overall.

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