The sport of diving has been dominated by China for many years now, but there are some other countries, whose representatives have also been successful in the recent years.
Canadian Meaghan Benfeito, to name onyl one, has won plenty of medals in major events during her career; At the Olympic Games and the FINA World Championships, most of them with her partner Roseline Filion.
The 28-year-old athlete’s ambition is to compete at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, and the 17th FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, could be a very important step towards that.
Meaghan Benfeito originally competed in swimming but switched after being massively inspired by Canadian divers Emilie Heymans and Alexandre Despatie.
She became member of the Canadian national team in 2005, and she has been competing together with Roseline Filion in the 10m synchronised event.
The pair surprisingly won the bronze medal at the 2005 FINA World Championships that was held in Benfeito’s home town Montreal. The young athlete was only 16 years old then.
Benfeito and Filion have been inseparable since then, and they have achieved a lot of good results together. They finished third at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne as well, and they qualified for the Beijing Olympics after they beat teammates Heymans and Marie-Eve Marleau. In Beijing they failed to win a medal (they finished 7th), but four years later at the London Olympics they won the bronze medal in the 10m synchro.
Regarding the World Championships action, Benfeito and Filion had to wait 8 long years after their bronze medal in Montreal to win a medal again. And finally in Barcelona 2013, they finished second and repeated the same result at the 2015 FINA World's in Kazan, where Benfeito won the silver medal in the mixed synchronised 10m platform competition too with partner was Vincent Riendeau.
Benfeito and Filion successfully defended their bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics, and Benfeito finished third in the 10m platform event as well.
"Winning is not everything, but losing is flat." she said to lapresse.ca in 2016, highlighting her endless ambition.
"I have known Roseline for our entire lives, so we have a really good relationship. It's more of a sisterhood relationship now. We understand each other without having to talk," - Filion said. (CTV Sports, 31 Jul 2012)
The final of the women’s 10m synchro will be held on July 16 and the final of the women’s 10m platform on July 19 in the new Duna Arena, which will host the diving competition in Budapest.