‘Medals the target’ as divers plunge into FINA Diving World Cup
Canada’s best divers are in Shanghai for the biggest event of their season, the FINA Diving World Cup.
Just like FIFA’s World Cup, the aquatic version has all the top athletes from every country.
The low down
At the 2014 World Series events, (diving’s six-leg elite tour), Filion and Benfeito were third and fourth respectively in the overall individual 10m rankings.
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On the 3m springboard, two to watch are London 2012 medallist Jennifer Abel and world championship medallist Pamela Ware. Both had multiple individual medals on the World Series tour and were podium dependable together in synchro.
Canadian divers chilling in Shanghai
On the Diving Plongeon Canada website, Chief Technical Officer Mitch Geller was clear, “For this World Cup, we are targeting a medal in each of the women’s events.”
To do this, the four will have to contend with three Chinese women who have dominated all season, and will be performing in front of a home crowd. Wang Han and He Zi are 1-2 in the springboard rankings, with Liu Huixia tops on tower.
There are five Canadian men on the trip, Maxim Bouchard, François Imbeau-Dulac, Vincent Riendeau, Cody Yano and Philippe Gagné. According to Diving Plongeon Canada, the men aren’t expected to medal, but the experience will be valuable on the road to Rio 2016. Especially for Gagné and Riendeau, who are 16 and 17 respectively.
Schedule, Watch LIVE
Exact start times here
Women’s 3m Synchro – Prelims / Final
Men’s 10m Synchro – Prelims / Final
Women’s 10m Synchro – Prelims / Final
Men’s 3m Synchro – Prelims / Final
Women’s 10m – Prelims / Semi / Final
Men’s 3m Prelims / Semi
Women’s 3m Prelims / Semi
Men’s 3m Final
Men’s 10m Prelims / Semi / Final
Women’s 3m Final
Follow @CDNOlympicTeam for results and Olympic.ca for full updates.