(Doha) Pamela Ware must be feeling déjà vu. The Quebec diver missed her fifth and final dive in the 3m synchronized final with her teammate Mia Vallée at the World Aquatic Sports Championships in Doha on Wednesday, thus depriving Canada of a bye in this discipline at the Games Paris Olympics.
On her last pass, Ware completely missed her takeoff jump at the end of the springboard and fell into the pool, feet first. A scene which was reminiscent of that which occurred in the 3m springboard semi-finals during the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2021.
Ware, of Greenfield Park, and Vallée, of Beaconsfield, earned a score of 0 for a double-and-a-half forward somersault with a twist in a pike position – the dive that had the second highest difficulty coefficient in their program.
They then went from ninth to 15e rank, with a total score of 201.27 points. This result prevented the Canadians from securing their ticket to the Paris Olympic Games next summer.
The competition was won, unsurprisingly, by the Chinese Yani Chang and Yiwen Chen, who totaled 323.43 points.
Australians Anabelle Smith and Maddison Keeney followed in second place at 300.45, while Britons Scarlett Mew Jensen and Yasmin Harper completed the podium, with 281.70 points.
On the men’s side, the final of the individual 3m springboard event will take place a little later today. No Canadian has managed to qualify.
In artistic swimming, Quebecers Jacqueline Simoneau and Audrey Lamothe obtained their place for the final of the free duet event which will take place Thursday after finishing fifth in the preliminaries with a score of 234.9855 points.
Unsurprisingly, the Chinese twins Liuyi and Qianyi Wang dominated this session with a score of 250,8438 points, ahead of the Netherlands (244,2439), Great Britain (237,1042) and Spain (236). 9958).
Liuyi and Qianyi Wang were crowned artistic swimming world champions in the technical duo event for the second time in their careers on Monday in Doha.
As for Simoneau, she was back in the pool the day after her resounding victory in the final of the free solo event.
The 27-year-old athlete then brought Canada a first gold medal at the World Aquatic Sports Championships in more than three decades, since Sylvie Fréchette’s solo triumph at the World Championships in Perth, Australia, in 1991.
It was Simoneau’s first career gold medal at the Senior Aquatics Worlds, and his second medal overall in this competition.
On Sunday, the athlete from Chambly shone by capturing the title of vice-world champion in the technical solo, in her first international final in more than two years.
Simoneau and Lamothe, from Montreal, also finished seventh in the technical duo on Monday.