Canada and Mexico split the gold medals in the women’s 3m springboard and men’s 10m platform on the final day of diving at the 2019 Pan American Games. In terms of Olympic qualification, only the winner is eligible to qualify their nation to the games. Should they have already previously qualified a quota or the nation has already achieved the maximum quota then the quota will not be used. Diving at the Pan American Games was held in Lima, Peru from August 1st to August 5th 2019.
The women’s 3m springboard was won by Canada’s Jennifer Abel whom surpassed the United States’ Sarah Bacon on the third dive and built a 33.75 lead over her compatriot Pamela Ware whom finished second. Overall Abel scored 352.35.
Abel continued her form in the final by taking the lead after the first dive and holding it for the entire round, winning the gold medal with a score of 374.25. The silver and bronze medals were won by Mexico’s Dolores Hernandez (339.60) and United States’ Brooke Schultz (334.85) respectively. As Abel had already qualified at the 2019 World Aquatics Championships the Olympic quota has been reallocated to the 2020 World Cup.
The preliminary round of the men’s 10m platform saw the lead change between Mexico’s Kevin Berlin and Steele Johnson of the United States. However, a poor fifth dive by Berlin allowed Johnson to win the round with a total score of 468.50. This was 14.60 points ahead of Ivan Garcia of Mexico.
The final saw Canada’s Vincent Riendeau take the initial lead, but by the second dive it was Garcia whom took the lead only for him to be overtaken by Berlin. Berlin was able to hold onto the lead to win gold with a total score of 500.35. The silver medal was won by Garcia (497.55) while the bronze medal was won by Riendeau (462.70).
The next opportunity for Pan American nations to qualify in this event will by at the Diving World Cup to be held in 2020. The next continental qualification will be from Europe with the first Olympic event ending tomorrow.
Men’s 10m Platform
Women’s 3m Springboard
* Reallocated to 2020 World Cup