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Canada's Jennifer Abel performs a dive during the women's 3-metre springboard semi-final at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on Saturday. (MICHAEL DALDER/REUTERS)
Canada's Jennifer Abel performs a dive during the women's 3-metre springboard semi-final at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on Saturday. (MICHAEL DALDER/REUTERS)

Canadian divers Heymans, Abel reach 3-metre springboard final Add to ...

The final in the women's three-metre individual springboard final is set, and it inlcudes a pair of Canadians.

Emilie Heymans of St. Lambert, Que., and Jennifer Abel of Montreal both added their names to the list of 12 finalists who will vie for a medal Sunday in a semi-final dominated by triple gold medalist Wu Mingxia of China.

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Heymans, 30, and Abel, 20, won a bronze in the synchro springboard event, and both would dearly love to add another to their collection.

Abel, who missed out on qualifying for the final as a 16-year-old at the Beijing Games, seems the more likely of the two to pull it off, having cruised to fourth in the semi.

An increased degree of difficulty on her list for the final should boost her scores.

The veteran Heymans had to work a little harder for her qualification, a disastrous second dive - on a 3.5 forward somersault - briefly left her 18th and last in the session.

She quickly recovered on her next one, nailing a 2.5 forward somersault with one twist to climb back into a qualifying position (she ended up eighth).

Italy's Tania Cagnotta qualified second behind Wu, China's He Zi was third.

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