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Canadian divers finding success at Grand Prix opener

Looking to make a push towards the 2020 Olympics, the Canadian diving team is off to a good start at the Grand Prix opener in Rostock, Germany, this weekend.

Meaghan Benfeito kicks off competition with bronze medal

Canada's Meaghan Benfeito, seen above celebrating a bronze medal in Rio, also finished on the podium at the FINA Diving Grad Prix opener in Rostock, Germany on Friday. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)

Looking to make a push towards the 2020 Olympics, the Canadian diving team is off to a good start at the Grand Prix opener in Rostock, Germany, this weekend. 

On Friday, Meaghan Benfeito earned a bronze medal in the women's 10-metre platform. 

The 27-year-old will also be competing in the 10m synchro event on Sunday with her new partner, Caeli McKay. 

Benfeito won two Olympic bronze medals with her previous partner Roseline Filion, who is now retired from the sport. 

Olympic medallist Jennifer Abel followed up with a bronze in the 3m dive on Saturday. However, Abel's total of 286.50 was her lowest in an international final over the last four years and put a damper on her podium finish. 

"Today, clearly, was not a good day for me at the office," she said.

​François Imbeau-Dulac, a member of the senior team since 2008, finished fifth in the 3m category and then teamed up with Philippe Gagne for a fifth-place finish in the men's 3m synchro. 

With files from The Canadian Press

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