Jennifer Abel of Montreal, Quebec won two medals this past weekend at the final FINA Diving World Series event of the season in Kazan, Russia. Abel won silver with Melissa Citrini-Beaulieu of Saint-Constant, Quebec in the women’s three metre synchronized springboard diving event on Friday and then won bronze in the women’s three metre springboard diving event on Sunday.
In the women’s three metre synchronized springboard, Abel and Citrini-Beaulieu had a second place score of 301.11 points. Yani Chang and Tingmao Shi of China won the gold medal with a score of 316.2 points. Katherine Torrance and Grace Reid of Great Britain won the bronze medal with a score of 289.29 points. Abel and Citrini-Beaulieu reached the podium by 16.11 points over Esther Qin and Anabelle Smith of Australia, who were in fourth place with a score of 285 points.
In the women’s three metre springboard, Abel had a third place score of 338.55 points. Shi of China won gold with 374.35 points and Han Wang of China won silver with 355.05 points. Abel reached the podium by 9.3 points over Qin of Australia, who was in fourth place with 329.25 points.
It is only two years away, but Abel has a legitimate chance of winning two medals at an Olympic Games for the first time of her career at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Abel’s lone Olympic medal to date came at the 2012 Olympic Games in London when she and Emilie Heymans of St. Lambert, Quebec won bronze in the women’s three metre synchronized springboard diving event.