Heymans, Abel capture Canada's 1st medal at London Olympics

07/29/2012 11:50 EDT | Updated 09/28/2012 05:12 EDT
Canada has its first medal of the London Olympics.

Divers Emilie Heymans and Jennifer Abel have claimed bronze in the women's three-metre synchronized event.

World champions Minxia Wu and He Zi of China won gold while Americans Kelci Bryant and Abigail Johnston captured silver.

It's a historic result for the 30-year-old Heymans as she becomes the first female diver to reach the podium in four consecutive Olympic Games.

The native of St. Lambert, Que., won silver in the 10-metre synchro in 2000, bronze in the same event in Athens in 2004, and a silver in the 10-metre individual event four years ago in Beijing.

The 20-year-old Abel, from Laval, Que., and Heymans won silver in the event at last year's world championships.

The medal on the second full day of competition is good news for a Canadian team aiming for a top-12 finish overall.