Canadian divers Benfeito, McKay struggle to fifth place at World Series stop

Canada's Meaghan Benfeito, bottom, and Caeli McKay compete during the women's 10-metre open synchro finals event at the FINA Diving Grand Prix in Calgary, Alta., Saturday, April 6, 2019. (Jeff McIntosh/CP)

KAZAN, Russia — Canadians Meaghan Benfeito and Caeli McKay finished fifth in the women’s 10-metre synchro platform at a diving World Series event.

Montreal’s and Calgary’s McKay fielded the dive list with the highest degree of difficulty in the competition but scored just 272.70 points, well below the 328.47 points that earned them a silver medal last month at a World Series stop in Montreal.

"Today was a difficult day, it just hasn’t been going very well lately," Benfeito said. "It’s really just a bump in the road, we did it well in Calgary, we did it well in Montreal there was really no reason for it to be that bad today."

China’s Chen Yuxi and Yuan Haoyan won the event with 338.70 points.

In the men’s three-metre synchro springboard, Montreal’s Philippe Gagne and Francois Imbeau-Dulac of St-Lazare, Que., finished fourth, only 3.87 points from the gold medal, with a final score of 399.39 points.

"I think we were one of the most consistent teams, we do not have the degree of difficulty of the other competitors so for us it’s a little harder to get on the podium," Imbeau-Dulac said.

"I think we should be very proud of what we accomplished today, there were a few mistakes here and there but it was a very consistent event for us."

Oleksandr Gorshkovozov and Oleg Kolodiy of Ukraine won with 403.26 points.

In the women’s 3m synchro springboard, Jennifer Abel, of Laval, Que., and Melissa Citrini-Beaulieu, of Saint-Constant, Que., were seventh with 262.95 points.

Competition continues Saturday with the women’s 10m platform, the men’s 3m springboard and the mixed 10m synchro platform.

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