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Benfeito has breakthrough win in Mexico

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According to Asif Hossain of the Canadian Olympic Committee, Meaghan Benfeito of Montreal, Quebec won the gold medal at a FINA World Series event in Monterrey, Mexico on Sunday. Benfeito posted a score of 398.20 points in the women's 10m platform for the most impressive victory of her diving career.

Out of the five dives Benfeito performed, she posted the best score in the second and third dives. Her third dive resulted in a score of 87.45 points and was the highest score in the entire diving competition.

Another reason why Benfeito's victory was impressive is because she beat China's Liu Huixia, who had 395.3 points to win the silver medal. Liu, one of China's best, won the gold medal with Chen Ruolin in the women's 10m synchronized diving competition at the 2013 World Aquatics Championships in Barcelona, Spain. Liu also has won three women's 10m platform events in the 2014 FINA World Series already this year in Beijing, China; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and Moscow, Russia.

Due to Benfeito's outstanding result in the women's 10m platform on Sunday, she is becoming a serious medal contender in the event with the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro just a little more than two years away. Benfeito has already won one medal at the Olympic Games. At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Benfeito and her partner, Roseline Filion of Laval, Quebec won the bronze medal in the women's 10m synchronized platform diving competition.

Canadians won three more bronze medals at the FINA World Series event in Monterrey, Mexico. Benfeito and Filion won the bronze medal in the women's 10m synchronized platform diving competition, Olympic bronze medalist Jennifer Abel of Montreal, Quebec won the bronze medal in the women's 3m springboard and Abel teamed with Pamela Ware of Greenfield Park, Quebec to win the bronze medal in the women's 3m synchronized platform.

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