Two of Canada’s rising synchro stars picked up a pair of silver medals at the Japan Open in Tokyo this past weekend (May 3-4).
Oakville’s Jennifer Knobbs and Toronto’s Erin Willson wowed the international crowd and judges with strong performances, securing a second place finish. Knobbs was equally impressive in the solo event with another second place finish. Seventeen countries were represented at the competition.
Coming off a second-place finish at the Canadian Eastern Divisional Championships last month, Knobbs and Willson scored 89.084. They were second to the Japanese Olympic-bound duet of Emiko Suzuki and Saho Harada, who scored 96.667. The young Canadian duo finished ahead of Kazakhstan’s Anna Kulkina and Arna Toktagan (88.471), who also qualified for the Olympic Games at the Olympic Qualifying event in Beijing last month.
“This competition was a great opportunity for Erin and Jennifer to build on their success at the Eastern Divisional Championships and further their international experience in both the solo and duet events,” says Knobbs and Willson’s coach, Sheilagh Croxon. “The athletes are really looking forward to competing at the Canadian Nationals later this week.”
In the solo event, Knobbs took silver with 88.500 points, finishing ahead of Korea’s Rhee You Jong (84.751). Japan’s Harada claimed gold with 96.334 points.