Canadian divers Jennifer Abel, Pamela Ware take silver

Jennifer Abel and Pamela Ware added to Canada's diving medal haul at the Pan Am Games on Monday night with a silver in the women's three-metre synchronized event, while Phillipe Gagne and Vincent Riendeau also earned a silver in the men's 10m competition.

Gagne, Riendeau also get silver in men's platform

Canadians Jennifer Abel, top, and Pamela Ware closed out their Pan Am Games with a silver in the women's 3-metre synchro springboard event. (Alexis Espojo/CBC)

Jennifer Abel and Pamela Ware added to Canada's diving medal haul at the Pan Am Games on Monday night with a silver in the women's three-metre synchronized event, and Phillipe Gagne and Vincent Riendeau later picked up a silver  of their own in the men's 10m synchro competition.

Abel and Ware, who won gold and silver, respectively, in the individual 3m competition earlier in the Games, joined the other two members of Canada's "Fab IV" divers in winning medals Monday. Roseline Filion and Meaghan Benfeito won gold in the synchronized 10m platform competition earlier in the day.

Abel and Ware struggled on their third dive but recovered on their fourth on their way to a final score of 298.23. 

"We made two really big mistakes in the third and the fifth dive," Abel said. "We tried creating a lead but the gap wasn't big enough and it cost us the gold."

Mexico's Paola Espinosa and Dolores Hernandez won the gold, edging the Canadians with a 301.20 final score. Americans Deirdre Freeman and Maren Taylor took the bronze with a score of 293.10. 

Espinosa's gold medal gives her three at the Pan Ams. 

Abel, 23, won a bronze medal in the synchro springboard event at the London 2012 Olympics with Emilie Heymans as her partner, and also won a silver in the same event at the 2011 Pan Am Games. 

Abel's gold medal in the individual springboard competition at the Pan Ams qualified her for the 2016 Rio Olympics, which will be her third. Abel, from Laval,Que., has been a star in Canadian diving ever since her debut at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, when she was just 26.

Gagne wins 3rd medal

Gagne's silver in the men's 10m event was his second medal of the day after his silver in the synchronized 3m springboard earlier. The 17-year-old Montreal native also won a bronze medal in the individual springboard event Saturday.

"I feel I finished on a high note," Riendeau said. "We were both hoping to get a medal in this event. It's amazing to diver together — we are great friends and have great chemistry. It means a lot to be diving in front of the home crowd together, we love it."

Jeinkler Aguirre and Jose Antonio won the 10m synchro gold medal for Cuba, while Juan Guillermo Rios and Victor Ortega took home the bronze for Colombia. 

The biggest surprise was that Mexico's pair of Jonathan Ruvalcaba and Ivan Garcia failed to medal. 

With the diving events now done, Canada finished tied with Mexico for tops overall with nine medals apiece. 

With Files from The Canadian Press 

With Files from The Canadian Press


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