Canadian Olympic Preview: Diving

Meaghan Benfeito (CBC Sports, Wikimedia Commons)

You can almost guarantee Chinese dominance when it comes to Olympic diving. The 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo will be no different. However, Canada will be a medal threat in all four women’s diving events. Canadian Olympic bronze medalists Jennifer Abel and Meaghan Benfeito of Montreal, Quebec are serious medal contenders in the springboard and platform events, both individually, and the synchronized events.

Abel is a two-time World Championship bronze medalist in individual springboard diving, and will be a strong contender again to reach the podium at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2021 (August 1, 12 AM). She also will team up with Melissa Citrini-Beaulieu of Saint-Constant, Quebec in women’s synchronized springboard diving (July 25, 12 AM), the event where the duo has won two World Championship silver medals in 2017 and 2019. Abel’s lone Olympic medal came at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, where she teamed up with Emile Heymans to win bronze in the women’s synchronized springboard diving event.

Benfeito is a three-time Olympic Games bronze medalist. She won the bronze medal in women’s 10m synchronized platform diving with Roseline Filion at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Also in Rio, Benfeito won bronze in the women’s individual 10m platform diving competition in Rio. In Tokyo, Benfeito might have a better chance of medaling in the women’s individual 10m platform diving competition (August 5, 12 AM), because her 10m platform diving synchronized partner Caeli McKay of Calgary, Alberta is currently battling an ankle injury. The women’s synchronized platform diving competition will be on July 27 at 12 AM.



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