Fri, September 20, 2013

Jennifer Abel and Emilie Heymans come up short in three-metre springboard

By STEVE BUFFERY, QMI Agency


Canada's Jennifer Abel reacts after performing a dive during the women's three-metre springboard final at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre August 5, 2012. (REUTERS)


LONDON - Montreal divers Jennifer Abel and Emilie Heymans, the first Canadians to win a medal at these Games last Sunday, were unable to make another big splash in the Olympic pool one week later.

Abel and Heymans finished sixth and 12th respectfully in the individual three-metre springboard event on Sunday night a a competition completely dominated by Chinese divers.

The gold was won by Minxia Wu, 26, and the silver by Zi He, 21. Laura Sanchez of Mexico was third.

He Wu also won the three-metre synchronized springboard competition last Sunday, the same event that Abel and Heymans finished third.

Wu, 26, won gold medals for China in the three-metre synchronized event at both the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Games.

Heymans (67.50) and Abel (66.00) were eighth and 10th respectfully after the first round of the final.

Heymans, 30, was out of the competition early in the final, while Abel, 20, bounced back after a poor first dive to nail a forward 3 1/2 somersault (77.50) in her second dive to move from 10th to fifth, but didn’t nail her third dive, scoring 55.50 for a reverse 2 1/2 somersault, falling to eighth after three dives. She moved up one spot after four but by then it was clearly the Chinese were going to swim away with the gold and silver.