Jennifer Abel & Pamela Ware added to Canada's diving medal haul at the Pan Am Games on Monday night with a silver in the women's three-metre synchronized event, andÂ Phillipe Gagne & Vincent RiendeauÂ laterÂ picked upÂ a silver Â of their own in the men's 10m synchro competition.
Abel & Ware, who won gold & silver, respectively, in the individual 3mÂ competitionÂ earlier in the Games,Â joined the other two members of Canada'sÂ "Fab IV" divers in winning medals Monday.Â Roseline Filion & Meaghan BenfeitoÂ won gold in the synchronized 10m platform competition earlier in the day.
Abel & Ware struggled on their third diveÂ but recovered on their fourthÂ on their way to a final score of 298.23.Â
"We made two really huge mistakes in the third & the fifth dive," Abel said. "We tried creating a lead yet the gap wasn't huge enough & it cost us the gold."
Mexico's Paola Espinosa & Dolores Hernandez won the gold, edging the Canadians with a 301.20 final score.Â AmericansÂ Deirdre Freeman & Maren Taylor took the bronze with a score of 293.10.Â
Espinosa's gold medal gives her three at the Pan Ams.Â
Abel, 23,Â won a bronzeÂ medal in the synchro springboard event at the London 2012 Olympics with EmilieÂ Heymans as her partner, & moreover won a silver in the same event at the 2011 Pan Am Games.Â
Abel's gold medal in the individual springboard competition at the Pan AmsÂ qualified her for the 2016 Rio Olympics, which will be her third. Abel, from Laval,Que.,Â has been a star in Canadian diving ever since her debut at the 2008 BeijingÂ Olympics, when she was just 26.
Gagne wins 3rdÂ medal
Gagne's silver in the men's 10m eventÂ was his second medalÂ of the day after hisÂ silverÂ in the synchronized 3m springboard earlier.Â The 17-year-old Montreal native moreover won a bronze medal in the individual springboard event Saturday.
"I feel I finished on a high note,"Â Riendeau said. "We were both hoping to obtain a medal in this event. It's astonishing to diver together â€” we are tremendous friends & have tremendous chemistry. It means a lot to be diving in front of the home crowd together, we love it."
JeinklerÂ Aguirre & Jose Antonio won the 10m synchroÂ gold medal for Cuba, while Juan GuillermoÂ Rios & Victor Ortega took home the bronze for Colombia.Â
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TheÂ biggest surprise wasÂ that Mexico's pair of JonathanÂ RuvalcabaÂ and Ivan Garcia failed to medal.Â
With the diving events now done,Â Canada finished tied with Mexico for tops overallÂ with nineÂ medals apiece.Â
With Files from The Canadian PressÂ