Canada's Benfeito and Filion win gold in 10M synchro diving at Commonwealth Games
Canada's flag bearer Susan Nattrass leads the team into the arena during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland, Wednesday July 23, 2014. (AP / Frank Augstein)
The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, July 30, 2014 9:29AM EDT
EDINBURGH -- Canadian divers Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion have won gold in the women's synchronized 10-metre platform at the Commonwealth Games.
Montreal's Benfeito and Filion, of Laval, Que., scored 310.65 points, just ahead of England's Sarah Barrow and Tonia Couch with 307.92. Pandelela Rinong Pamg and Nur Dhabitah Sabri of Malaysia took bronze with a score of 300.12.
Benfeito and Filion were third heading into their fifth and final dive, but scored a 76.80 on their back 2 1/2 somersault with 1 1/2 twists to put the pressure on their opponents.
Barrow and Couch were in the lead heading into their final dive, but were only able to score 70.08 to seal the Canadian victory.
The event was delayed by 35 minutes due to a technical glitch with the scoring that forced judges to display scores using flip cards.
Wednesday marked the first day of diving at the cosy Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh, about a 75-kilometre drive from Glasgow.