Diver Jennifer Abel becomes most decorated Canadian athlete at world aquatics

Jennifer Abel, (left) , and her partner Melissa Citrini-Beaulieu (right) show off their smiles and silver medals after the 3m synchronized event. (Photo courtesy of CBC.ca.)

Jennifer Abel, 27, and her partner, Melissa Citrini-Beaulieu, qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with a silver medal in the synchronized 3 meter spring board at the FINA World Championships in Korea last week.

Abel was tied for the most World Championship medals won by a Canadian with diver Alex Despatie and swimmer Ryan Cochrane before the event started. Now, she has won nine World Championship medals. 

“So much was on the line today,” Abel told CBC. “We wanted to qualify the country for the Olympics and there was also the possibility for me to become Canada’s most decorated athlete at the World Championships. I’m also very proud that I managed to win a medal at the last five World Championships in this event.”

This will be the first Olympics for Citrini-Beaulieu, 24, who partnered with Abel after Rio 2016. 

“I’ve been dreaming about the Olympic Games since I was a kid, it feels unreal … someone needs to pinch me.” Citrini- Beaulieu gushed to CNN. 

Later in the week, Abel placed fourth in the individual three meter spring board, also qualifying for the Olympics in that event. 
The men’s pair, Philippe Gagne and Francois Imbeau-Dulac, had a shocking start to the competition when Gagne hit his head on the springboard on one of his rotations during their 3m synchronized dive event. Due to the incident, the pair could not finish the dives and ended 24th in the event. Fortunately, Gagne was able to compete in the individual 3m event.

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