Wiens, Zsombor-Murray earn 2nd Olympic diving spot for Canada in men's 10m platform
Place 3rd, 5th at World Cup event in Tokyo; British star Thomas Daley wins 2nd gold
Saskatoon's Rylan Wiens reached the diving medal podium Tuesday with a bronze finish in men's 10-metre platform at a World Cup event in Tokyo.
The 19-year-old earned 488.55 points at the Olympic test event, with British star Thomas Daley scoring 104.40 for a three-and-a-half somersault and 541.71 points for the win from his six routines. Mexico's Randal Willars Valdez was second (514.70).
"That was probably the best event of my life," Wiens told The Canadian Press. "I was able to put in six dives and come out with a bronze medal at the World Cup which is pretty amazing.
"I was super happy with everything I did and hard work paid off."
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Canada unlocked a second Olympic spot in the event with Wiens and Nathan Zsombor-Murray qualifying for the final.
In 2019, Wiens won the 10m tower event by almost 100 points at junior elite nationals. He was also senior national champion that year after making his World Series debut in Beijing.
Abel 5th in women's springboard final
A year earlier, he made his senior international debut at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, where Wiens placed sixth on 10m synchro with Bryden Hattie and top eight on tower.
For Daley, Tuesday's win was his second at Tatsumi Aquatic Centre after prevailing in men's 10m synchro with Matthew Lee.
Jennifer Abel of Laval, Que., finished fifth in the three-metre springboard final with a cumulative score of 316.05 in women's action Tuesday.
Laval's Meaghan Benfeito withdrew from the event having already secured an Olympic berth in the discipline.
Benfeito and McKay secured their Olympic spot in women's 10m synchro with their gold medal on Sunday.
CBC Sports is live streaming the event from Tokyo. The six-day competition continues Wednesday at 4:45 a.m. ET with women's 10m platform semifinals and final, followed by men's 3m springboard semifinal.
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With files from The Canadian Press