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Ishchenko and Romashina’s duet best in synchro swimming

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R-Sport / MIA Rossiya Segodnya
26.07.2015, 17:13 Sport
The Russians showed the best technical routine and picked up 95.4672 points in the duet final at the 16th FINA World Championships in Kazan.

In the preliminary round, the top three countries out of 38 duets were Russia, China and Japan. The winners finished 2.2924 points ahead of the Chinese synchro swimmers and 4.2211 points ahead of the Japanese ones.

Lolita Ananasova and Anna Voloshyna of Ukraine were breathing down the Russians’ neck. For their part, the Ukranians had to watch out for Spanish duet who know how fight to the end.

The golden duet of the London 2012 Olympics, Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina, performed second to last in the list of 12 participating countries.

At London 2012, Russia’s rivals, Ona Carbonell and her partner of that time Andrea Fuentes, settled for the second place after being outshone by the Russians. Carbonell, by the way, gave thumbs-up to Kazan’s synchronised swimming venue: “It is really comfortable to train in an outdoor venue just because you can breathe fresh air here.” The Spanish synchro swimmer named Russia and China among her main rivals. Olympic medallists Xuechen Huang and Wenyan Sun represented China. Carbonell and Wenyan took silver and bronze respectively in the solo technical routine yesterday, losing to Svetlana Romashina, so the tussle between them was really tough.

The Americans surprised the audience with rock’n’roll, the Mexican duet inflamed fans with ethnic themes, Italy’s energetic performance got rounds of applause. Regardless of its appeal, the Ukrainians’ dramatic routine earned them only 91.6770 points. The Russians performed a fiery gypsy dance and deservedly won the gold medal. The synchro swimmers of Ukraine came fourth, Spain placed fifth.

FINA Worlds 2015. Synchronised swimming.

Duets. Technical routine.

1. Natalia ISHCHENKO  / Svetlana ROMASHINA  (RUS) – 95.4672
2. Huang XUECHEN  /  Sun WENYAN (CHN ) – 93.3279
3. Yukiko INUI  / Risako MITSIU  (JPN) – 92.0079

Kazan Arena Stadium. July 26

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