Pam Am newsmakers of the day: Canadian divers

Canada had another strong day at the CIBC Aquatic Centre as the diving competitions at the Pan Am Games wrapped up with four events, and the hosts medalled in all of them.

Day 3 haul brings medal total to 9

Philippe Gagne, right, and Vincent Riendeau dive to silver in the final diving event of the Pan Am Games. (The Associated Press)

Canada had another strong day at the CIBC Aquatic Centre as the diving competitions at the Pan Am Games wrapped up with four events on Monday, and the hosts medalled in all of them.

The day got off to a golden start as Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion won the women's 10-metre synchro title. Next came three silvers for the rest of the Canadian team.

In the men's three-metre synchro, Philippe Gagne and Francois Imbeau-Dulac finished behind Mexicans Rommel Pacheco and Jahir Ocampo. Gagne later partnered with Vincent Riendeau for second place in the 10-metre synchro.

In the women's 3m synchro, Jennifer Abel and Pamela Ware got their own silver after finishing three points behind Mexicans Paola Espinoza and Delores Herdandez. This was Espinoza's third medal of the Games and second gold.

Canada's "Fab IV" (Benfeito, Filion, Abel and Ware) finished the Games with six medals, including two gold, three silver and one bronze. In men's competition, Canada won three medals, with Philippe Gagne a part of each.

Canada finished with nine medals overall in diving (two gold, five silver and two bronze). That tied the hosts with Mexico (five gold, one silver, three bronze) for the most medals.

At the last Pan Am Games, Mexico swept all eight diving gold medals. This time they were not quite as dominant, even being shut out of the medals altogether in the men's 10m synchro.

Next up for the divers is the world aquatic championships in Kazan, Russia in August. This will be a qualifier for the Rio Olympics for all of the divers who did not win individual gold in Toronto.

The action in the pool now switches over to swimming, with two-time Olympic medallist Ryan Cochrane leading the way for Canada.


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