07/29/2012 11:50 EDT | Updated 09/28/2012 05:12 EDT

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

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.