Silver start: Abel and Ware second as FINA Diving World Cup begins

Canada is off to a great start at the FINA Diving World Cup, with Jennifer Abel and Pamela Ware winning a silver medal in 3m synchro on Wednesday.

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The Montreal-based pair scored 318.33, ahead of Australians Maddison Keeney and Anabelle Smith. The Chinese team of Wu Minxia and Shi Tingmao won decisively with 340.50 points.

“We couldn’t be happier, said Abel on the Diving Plongeon Canada website, “We showed a lot of stability in our dives and we stayed calm throughout the entire competition.”

The World Cup and World Championships alternate years as FINA’s premiere diving event. For 22-year-old Abel, it is her fifth straight year winning a medal in 3m synchro with one other silver and one other bronze from each major competition. Abel also has a bronze medal in the event from London 2012.

Ware, who turned 21 this year is starting a streak as well. She was Abel’s teammate for last season’s World Championship bronze.

In men’s 10m synchro Maxim Bouchard and Philippe Gagné were 11th.

Abel and Ware will have a day off on Thursday and the opportunity to watch Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion aim for the podium in the women’s 10m synchro event.

The individual events commence from Shanghai on Friday.

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