SSWC 2010, Day 4: FINA Synchro World Cup concludes with Russia's win in the Team event

Synchro World Cup

Russia proved one more time they are unbeatable when they dominated the last event at the 12th FINA Synchronised Swimming World Cup in Changshu (CHN), winning the Team title for a total of three gold out of four on offer. The powerful but flexible Russians overshadowed the rest of field in the water ballet, taking the Team victory by 98.150 points while China finished second in 96.500 and Canada third in 95.600.

The Team of  Russia - credit: Han Yuqing (Xinhua)

Russia wrapped up three titles in combination, solo and team while China took one gold in duet and three silver meals. Canada collected one silver and three bronze and Japan had a bronze medal.

The 21-year Anzhelika Timanina of Russia said: "It's my first World Cup, and my first world title. I want to take this gold for my coach." The Russian head coach Tatiana Pokrovskaya said: "We congratulate China and Canada for their great performance, which inspired us to show our best. Three gold from the World Cup is good, though we quit the duet because one of our swimmers was injured."

"But I think four events and four gold in a big competition are not enough. China and Canada all performed very well. Everyone should get gold medals," Pokrovskaya continued.

Wang Na, former national team member and now a national coach, admitted that her team did not perform their best in the Team free routine final. "We just performed normal level. Maybe it's because we are lack of training during the four day competition. We've learned a lot from Russia and Canada," Wang said.

The Team of China - credit: Han Yuqing (Xinhua)

Julie Sauve, Canada's head coach, considered: "Four medals. It's our first time to four medals in one World Cup. It's amazing."

The four-day World Cup has attracted more than 170 swimmers from 26 nations.