BARCELONA, Spain -- Canadian divers Jennifer Abel and Pamela Ware earned bronze in the women's three-metre synchronized springboard at the world championships on Saturday.
Abel, from Laval, Que., and Ware, a Beloeil, Que., native, scored 292.08 for Canada's second medal at the event. Eric Hedlin of Victoria won Canada's first with a silver in the men's five-kilometre open water competition.
China's Wu Minxia and Shi Tingmao took the three-metre gold, earning Wu a record sixth world title, while Italy's Tania Cagnotto and Francesca Dallape claimed silver with 307.80.
Abel is a two-time Olympian who teamed with Emilie Heymans the last two seasons earning bronze at the 2012 Olympics and silver at the last worlds in 2011 in Shanghai.
This year, Abel and Ware have enjoyed success together winning three international medals and two Canadian titles.
"I don't think we have come close yet to reaching our full potential," said Abel. "I think we showed today how strong we are mentally by never giving up. We have a similar style and show a lot of height and power on our dives. I'm excited about the future."
The Canadian pair had a rough start and were in 10th place with two dives remaining. However they climbed to sixth in the fourth round and third after their fifth and final twisting dive earned them a string of 7.5's and 8.0's.
Ware said the early rounds just fired her up.
"I was pretty angry going into that fourth dive," said the 20-year-old. "I was so pleased we got it in and then we sealed it with a great last dive."
The Chinese pair's almost flawless execution of all five dives framed by the dramatic backdrop of Barcelona's skyline gave them the top total score of 338.40 points.
Wu has won nine world or Olympic gold medals in the three-metre synchronized springboard.
-- The Canadian Press