Benfeito wins second diving bronze of Rio 2016

Thursday, August 18, 2016
Meaghan Befeito

Meaghan Benfeito won Canada’s third ever medal in the individual 10m platform event, taking bronze at Rio 2016 while Roseline Filion finished sixth.

Both Canadian divers started very strongly. Showing a high degree of difficulty in her first dive, a back 2 ½ somersault with 1 ½ twists, Benfeito had the lead after the first of five rounds. In the second round, both women received 8.5s and 9s, putting Benfeito in fourth place and Filion just one spot behind.

Their momentum continued in their third dives as they each performed the one that the other had done in the previous round – Benfeito a back 3 ½ somersault in tuck position and Filion a forward 3 ½ somersault in pike position. Benfeito earned 8s while Filion received 8.5s. They were once again placed back to back, Benfeito in third and Filion in fourth, and opening a gap on the field behind them.

In the penultimate round, Benfeito succeeded with her armstand back double somersault with 1 ½ twists, earning 8.0s. But Filion missed on her own armstand back triple somersault, receiving only 5.0s to drop down the standings. Heading into the final round, Benfeito sat in third place with more than a ten point lead on fourth while Filion was sixth.

For her final dive, Benfeito attempted an inward 3 ½ somersaults in tuck position. The judges gave her 7,5s and 8s, for an overall total score of 389.20. Filion closed with the same dive that Benfeito had opened with, earning 9.0s for a final total of 367.95.
The only divers to beat Benfeito were a pair from China, 15-year-old Ren Qian (439.25) and 17-year-old Si Yajie (419.40).

In the morning semifinals, Benfeito had finished ninth while Filion placed seventh among the 12 to advance.

Having already won a second straight bronze with Filion in the 10m synchro event last Tuesday, the third medal today puts Benfeito one behind Emilie Heymans who earned four over the course of her four Olympic appearances.

The medal is Canada’s first in the individual 10m event since Heymans won silver at Beijing 2008 and just the third ever in the event, going back to Anne Montminy‘s bronze at Sydney 2000.

Story and Photo from the Canadian Olympic Committee | Olympic.ca

News Category: 

Latest News

  • June 12, 2018
    The Canadian women’s 400 free relay had their first real breakthrough at the 2015 Pan American Games. Competing in front of a raucous home crowd, Chantal van Landeghem roared home on the anchor leg to overtake American legend Natalie Coughlin and...
  • June 11, 2018
    For Immediate Release TORONTO (June 11, 2018) – Earlier last week, former national team skiers, Amélie-Frédérique Gagnon, Gail Kelly, Anna Prchal and Geneviève Simard came forward to speak publicly about their abuse from former coach Bertrand...
  • June 6, 2018
    TORONTO (June 6, 2018) – RBC Training Ground held it’s fourth final of this year in Toronto, Ontario at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre. Sara Villani not only broke the RBC Training Ground National Strength Record for women, but she also walked...
  • May 18, 2018
    INDIANAPOLIS – Just over a month since her record performance at the Commonwealth Games, Taylor Ruck of Swimming Canada’s High Performance Centre – Ontario opened the next chapter in her season winning the women’s 100-m freestyle at a US Pro Swim...
  • May 18, 2018
    NOTICE is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Members of CANADIAN SPORT INSTITUTE ONTARIO (the “Corporation”) is called for and will be held at Canadian Sport Institute Ontario’s office (875 Morningside Avenue, Suite 100, Toronto, ON...