SSWC 2010, Day 3: Russian Ishchenko wins Solo title

Synchro World Cup

Natalia Ishchenko of Russia turned the swimming pool into a Swan Lake scene and won the solo title at the 12th FINA Synchronised Swimming World Cup in Changshu (CHN). Within three minutes and 15 seconds, Ishchenko sometimes performed as the gentle Princess Odette, soon turned to the evil Odile. She collected 49.400 points for the technical and 49.300 for the artistic element with a winning total of 98.250.

Natalia Ischenko - credit: Han Yuqing (Xinhua)

The 24-year-old Ishchenko said: "I have started to prepare my Swan Lake since the beginning of this year. Comparing with the previous Swans, my routine is more difficult and artistic."

Shi Xin from China took the silver in 95.500, which was the best solo result for the country in the world competitions. Shi, who had a surgery on her left leg by inserting a steel bar in 2006, said: "I really don't want to recall the hard times during my surgery, recovery and train. I don't want to show my fragility. I hope I can show my best and persistence in the water."

Shi Xin - credit: Han Yuqing (Xinhua)

Canada's Marie-Pier Boudreau-Gagnon came to third in 95.250 with the background music Feeling Good by Mose, however she was not feeling good. The 27-year-old Canadian said: "I'm a little bit disappointed. I was expecting a better result for the second place."

The four-day FINA Synchronised Swimming World Cup will come to an end on Sept. 19 after the team competition is finished.