The logic was respected Sunday at the Pan Am Games Aquatic Centre, where the Canadians Jennifer Abel and Pamela Ware has achieved the double in the three-meter springboard, allowing Abel to get his ticket for the Rio Olympics in 2016.
Of Laval, flew over the competition with a cumulative score of 384.70 points ahead of her compatriot by a huge gap of 58.70 points. Mexican Dolores Hernandez, who gave a hard time to Ware before finally admitting defeat in the fifth and final round, finished third with 323.10 points.
“This is the first time I win by such a large margin at the international level,” admitted Abel, smiling.
“Every year, me and Jennifer we were the two best divers in America, said Ware. I believe that today, it really helped us to dive in front of our family and our friends. This is my first Pan Am Games, so the fact arriving second, it’s unbelievable. ”
Abel, bronze medalist on three-meter synchro at the London Olympic Games in 2012, was particularly successful in his third attempt his famous double-somersault and a half with two twists – “a man’s plunge,” according to the coach Arturo Miranda. In the final, and Ware were also the only ones to try this dive, the difficulty factor of 3.4.
After admitting earlier this season to experience trust issues, Abel has obviously perfected his technique in preparation for the final after failing to constancy in the preliminary round. The young woman of 23 years was never worried, en route to winning the gold medal.
“After the World Series, we returned to the house and we returned to training very intensely, said Abel. It was very difficult, to the point where I wondered what I’d look me by presenting me here – both physically and mentally. I now see the result and why we pushed as hard. This is because I wanted to achieve my goals and push to the maximum of my abilities. ”
For its part, Ware, who had a lead of only three points on his fifth dive before Hernandez, tried the all out with his double somersault with two and a half twists. Montreal’s 22 years old has not been as successful as Abel, but it was enough to grant him the money.
“I was really calm, I did not see how many points I was Mexican, but I knew she (Hernandez) was close, reported Ware. When I came out of the water after my dive, I thought, “Oh no, I just miss’. I started in small ball and I could only hope to remain ahead. So I’m happy, but my performance was not up to par.
“Fortunately, we have two weeks of training before traveling to Kazan for the World Championships. So I still have plenty of time to improve myself, “she added.
Bouchard’s hopes fall flat
In men, Vincent Riendeau of Pointe-Claire and Maxime Bouchard of St-Constant, could not emulate their compatriots in the finals on men’s 10-meter tower. Riendeau and Bouchard finished fifth and seventh respectively, with 419.35 and 374.00 points.
“It was not easy, but I’m really glad I was able to come back with my last two dives – especially my last, with which I have the most difficulty,” said Bouchard said.
Everything was in the fourth dive. While Bouchard saw his chances of a medal fly because of a flat, Riendeau shone with a score of 95.70 which has temporarily passed from fourth to second place. Riendeau however, could not keep pace and resulted in two podium positions.
“When I left, I felt a shock in my elbow, as if my nerves had stuck, and it has spread to the neck, said Bouchard, visibly disappointed. It surprised me and I lost my bearings during my fall. That’s why I came on the back. ”
The Mexican Ivan Garcia won with 521.70 points, ahead of Colombian Victor Ortega (455.15) and the Mexican Jonathan Ruvalcaba (437.35).