Mexico once again has shown they are the best diving nation of their continent by winning 6 out of the 8 medal events at the Pan American Games. The diving events at the 2015 Pan American Games were used as continental qualifiers where the winner from each individual event qualifies their nation to the Olympics. The Pan America Games are currently being held in Toronto, Canada from July 7th to July 26th 2015. The diving events were held from July 10th to July 13th 2015.
The men’s 3m springboard was dominated by Mexico’s Rommel Pacheco where he won the preliminary round by almost 60 points with a total score of 466.35. He continued his performance in the finals, grabbing one of the Olympic quotas with an even better score of 483.35. Compatriot Jahir Ocampo finished second with a score of 442.15 while Philippe Gagne of Canada won the bronze with a score of 421.20.
The preliminary stage of the women’s 10m platform was won by Canada’s Roseline Filion whom defeated Mexico’s Paola Espinosa by 6.55 points with a score of 353.80. Espinosa however, was able to exact some revenge in the final by defeating Filion by 5.60 points to win the gold with a score of 383.20. Filion’s score was 377.60 while the bronze medal went to Filion’s compatriot Meaghan Benfeito whom finished with a score of 357.45.
The preliminary stage of the women’s 3m springboard was easily won by Canada’s Jennifer Abel where she defeated her next closest competitor, surprise performer Maren Taylor of the United States by 37.05 points with a score of 353.45. In the final Taylor faltered with her dives, ultimately finishing in fifth place overall. This led Abel to win gold with an even bigger lead with a score of 384.70. Compatriot Pamela Ware won the silver with a score of 326.00 while Mexico’s Dolores Hernandez won bronze with a score of 323.10.
It was Sebastian Villa of Colombia that gave a superb performance in the men’s 10m platform where he won the preliminary event with a score of 442.85. Sadly he could not translate his performance into the final where a couple of poor dives relegated him to a sixth place finish. Instead it was Mexico’s Ivan Garcia whom won gold with a very high score of 521.70. Colombia wasn’t left out of the medal as Victor Ortega finished second with a score of 455.15 while Mexico’s Jonathan Ruvalcaba won bronze with a score of 437.35.
Mexico and Canada have had a great rivalry for diving supremacy and while Canada was the host it was Mexico who had the overall better performance. Canada and other countries will have a better chance to qualify at the 2015 World Aquatics Championships which will be held in a couple of weeks therefore we won’t have to wait too long to see more countries qualify.
Quotas by Nation
- Mexico – 3
- Canada – 1
- Toronto2015. Diving – Schedule & Results. Access on July 13 2015.