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Despite frustrating finish at London Games divers Roseline Filion and Meaghan Benfeito show potential for 2016 Olympics

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Meaghan Benfeito of Canada hopes to improve for Rio 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)


It was a frustrating end to this Games but Roseline Filion and Meaghan Benfeito  leave London with lessons learned for future Olympics.

Filion finished 10th in Thursday's final of the women's 10-metre platform.  Benfeito, who looked ready to challenge for a medal after the semifinal, was 11th.

The two young divers return home with the bronze medals they won in the 10-metre synchronized event earlier in the Games and show potential for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

"I am going home with a bronze medal,'' Filion, 25, of Laval, Que., said in a TV interview. "That is what I dreamed of since I was a little girl.

"Doing two events at the Olympic Games, not many people do two events. I can go home and be proud.''

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Benfeito looked like she had podium potential after notching the second-best score in the semifinal. She dug herself in a hole with a horrible first dive in the final and couldn't fight back into contention even though she executed her final four dives well.

"It's just that one dive that took away a medal today,'' said the 23-year-old from Montreal as she fought back tears. "I'll go back and work another four years and hopefully I'll get an individual medal.''

China's Chen Ruolin won the gold, defending her title from the 2008 Beijing Games, with a score of 422.30 points. She earlier won gold in the 10-metre synchro.

Brittany Broben of Australia took the silver with 366.50 points while Pandelela Pamg of Malaysia earned bronze with 359.20. It was her country's first Olympic medal in diving.

China has won six of the seven diving gold medals at the London Games with only the men's platform remaining.

Filion had a score of 349.10 while Benfeito was 345.15.

Filion said she was a little off in the final.

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"I was missing a little bit of quality at the entry,'' she said. "Overall I am satisfied. It just didn't turn out as clean as I wanted it to be.''

Benfeito couldn't explain what happened on her first dive, a forward 3 1/2 somersault. She had finished fourth in the platform at the last two world championships.

"It's usually one of my best dives,'' she said. "I don't know why it happened.

"It's one dive that changed everything.''

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