Meaghan Benfeito, Roseline Filion win synchro diving gold

Canada's Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion won the gold medal in women's 10-metre synchronized diving Wednesday at the Commonwealth Games in Scotland.

Canadians take 10m title at Commonwealth Games

Canada's Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion won the gold medal in the women's 10-metre synchronized platform diving event Wednesday at the Commonwealth Games in Scotland. 

Benfeito, from Montreal, and Filion, from Laval, Que., were in third place entering the fifth and final dive. But they saved their best for last, executing a brilliant 2½ somersault with 1½ twists​ to leapfrog England's Sarah Barrow and Tonia Couch, who got the silver medal, and Malaysia's Pandelela Rinong Pamg and Nur Dhabitah Sabri, who took the bronze.

The Canadians finished with a total of 310.65 points​. The English team scored 307.92 and the Malaysians 300.12.

"I wasn't expecting to come out of this with a gold," said Benfeito., whose mistake on the fourth dive contributed to her team's predicament. "I knew that we were still in the hunt for a medal. Gold, I didn't think so, but our last dive is a strong dive and it's the reason it's our last dive."

Benfeito and Filion have reached the podium in each of their eight international competitions together this year.

They were the bronze medallists at the 2012 Olympics and silver medallists at last year's world world championships.

Benfeito, 25, and Filion, 27, will also compete against each other in the individual 10-metre event.

Wednesday marked the first day of diving at the cosy Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh, about a 75-kilometre drive from Glasgow.

Later in the day, Canada picked up a silver medal when Laval's Jennifer Abel and Pamela Ware of Beloeil, Que., placed second in the women's synchronized three-metre springboard final. 

Canada wins more gold

Canadian wrestlers added three more gold medals to the country's haul on Day 7 when David Tremblay (men's 61 kg), Arjun Gill (men's 97 kg) and Dori Yeats (women's 69 kg) won their respective divisions.

Canada also struck more gold in track and field. Men's high jumper Derek Drouin cruised to gold in his event, while Brianne Theisen-Eaton and Jessica Zelinka finished 1-2 in the women's heptathlon. 

With files from The Canadian Press


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