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Canadian diving team of Filion and Benfeito capture bronze at London Olympics

Canada's Roseline Filion and Meaghan Benefeito celebrate bronze in the women's synchronised 10-meter platform finals at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London on Tuesday, July 31, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

LONDON - The diving team of Roseline Filion and Meaghan Benfeito captured Canada's second medal at the London Olympics.

Filion of Laval, Que., and Montreal's Benfeito won bronze Tuesday in the women's 10-metre synchronized event.

China continued to dominate the competition, with Chen Ruolin and Wang Hao winning the gold.

Paola Espinosa Sanchez and Alejandra Orozco Loza of Mexico took the silver.

The medal comes two days after Emilie Heymans and Jennifer Abel gave Canada its first medal of the Games with a third-place finish in the women's three-metre synchro.

In the water, three sets of Canadian rowers were in action Tuesday morning, but only one made the semifinal round.

Victoria's Lindsay Jennerich and Patricia Obee rebounded from a poor heat to finish second in their lightweight women's double sculls repechage and advance to Thursday's semis.

Jennerich and Obee (seven minutes 15.37 seconds) were second to the U.S. (7:13.82) in their repechage. Cuba also moved on with a third-place finish.

"Obviously we wanted to go out and win the rep, but what we have to take home with us is recognizing that as we are moving through the regatta we are improving immensely," said Jennerich. "We just have to take that and gain confidence in that so that we can put it to use in the semi, which is going to be an extremely tough race.

"There's probably eight crews in this event that can be on that podium and probably six that can win it. It's not like there is an obvious top three — we'll have to race that semi like it's a final."

The two men's crews competing Tuesday will have to watch from the sidelines.

Douglas Vandor of Dewittville, Que., and Morgan Jarvis of Clearwater Bay, Ont., faded after a fast start in the lightweight men's double sculls. They finished fourth, with Greece and Hungary placing one-two to advance to the semifinals.

Michael Braithwaite of Duncan, B.C., and Kevin Kowalyk of Winnipeg finished sixth in their men's doubles scull semifinal and failed to advance to the final.

It was a similar fate for Quebec tennis player Aleksandra Wozniak. The Blainville native was eliminated from women's singles play after dropping a 6-1, 6-3 decision to Venus Williams.

The veteran American broke Wozniak in the first game and used her trademark power game to her advantage throughout the match.

"We had some really fast, powerful exchanges but she was on top of her game," Wozniak said. "I think grass really suits her."

Canada's lone remaining singles player was also in action. Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., was on serve early in the third set of his second-round match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France when rain delayed play.

In men's doubles, Toronto's Daniel Nestor and Vancouver's Vasek Pospisil were scheduled to play the third-seeded Serbian duo of Janko Tipsarevic and Nenad Zimonjic later in the day.

In the pool, Canadians Brent Hayden of Mission, B.C., qualified for the semifinals of the men's 100-metre freestyle with the fifth-fastest time in heats.

The top 16 advanced to the evening semifinals. The top eight from there swim in Wednesday's final.

Scott Dickens of Burlington, Ont., made it into the 200-metre breastroke semifinals by finishing 13th. Audrey Lacroix of Pont-Rouge, Que., was 15th in the women's 200-metre butterfly to advance.

Katerine Savard of Cap-Rouge, Que., was 19th in women's butterfly and did not advance.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2012
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