Jennifer Abel retires at age 30

Jennifer Abel (Debatosh Sengupta, Wikimedia Commons)

One of Canada’s best divers of all-time, Jennifer Abel of Montreal, Quebec, has retired at the age of 30, according to the Canadian Press.¬†Abel ends her remarkable high-performance diving career with two Olympic medals, 10 medals at the World Aquatics Championships, seven medals at the Commonwealth Games, five medals at the Pan American Games, and an amazing 55 medals in World Series events.

Abel’s Olympic medals came at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2021. She won the silver medal in the women’s three-metre synchronized diving competition with Emilie Heymans of Montreal, Quebec at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, and then the bronze medal in the women’s three-metre synchronized diving competition with Melissa Citrini-Beaulieu of Saint-Constant, Quebec at thIs year’s Olympic Games. The 10 medals Abel has won in her career at the World Aquatics Championships, is the most ever by a Canadian.

Of Abel’s seven Commonwealth Games medals, four were gold. She won gold in the women’s one metre springboard and the women’s three metre synchronized diving competition with Heymans at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India. Abel also won gold in the one metre springboard at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland and the gold in the three metre springboard at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

Of Abel’s five Pan American Games medals, three were gold. She won gold in the women’s three metre springboard at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, and also placed first in the women’s three metre springboard and the women’s three metre synchronized diving competition with Pamela Ware of Longueuil, Quebec at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.

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