Synchro, Day 1: Solo tech crowns new champion Romashina
Russian Svetlana Romashina won the solo technical final, the first synchronised swimming event to be contested at Barcelona’s Palau Sant Jordi on day 1 of the 15th FINA World Championships. Except for China, the event featured new faces among the strongest nations in the sport.
Following in the footsteps of compatriot Natalia Ishchenko, the most decorated synchro swimmer in history and sole champion in this event since its entry on the programme in 2007, 24-year-old Svetlana Romashina delivered a powerful performance to pick up her first world solo gold, totalling 96.800 points.
China’s Xuechen Huang, who created a sensation two years ago in Shanghai by claiming her country’s first piece of international silverware and first podium in a solo event, settled for silver again, scoring 95.500 points.
Taking third was Ona Carbonell from Spain with 94.400 points. The 23-year-old’s bronze medal winning performance echoed that of synchro icon Gemma Mengual 10 years ago in Barcelona, Spain’s first medal at this level.
Anna Voloshyna (UKR) finished fourth, leapfrogging Yukiko Inui (JPN, fifth) and Chloe Isaac (CAN, sixth). In Shanghai, Ukraine had finished sixth. Japan and Canada both won a solo technical bronze, in 2007 and 2009, respectively.
During the Solo technical, a non-Olympic event, athletes must perform six predetermined elements in a given sequence in a routine that last two minutes. In total, 35 countries entered the event.
Gold medal winner: Svetlana Romashina (RUS)
On first victory as a soloist and progression since first competing with the Russian team at world level in 2005: “It wasn't easy for me to win, especially to perform after Natalia Ishchenko - the best Russian and world soloist as well - so it was hard enough but I feel very happy about this medal.”
“The last time I performed a solo routine was in 2004 [at the Junior European Championships] but I guess the solo was always in my mind since then.”
Silver medal winner: Xuechen Huang (CHN)
On her second silver for China in this event: “I’m very happy that I came second, I repeated my performance from the last Worlds in Shanghai so I’m very satisfied with my performance this evening.”
"I felt good today and it was better, mature and stable than at the last World Championships in Shanghai."
Bronze medal winner: Ona Carbonell (ESP)
On first synchro medal for Spain 10 years ago here in Barcelona: “It’s very exciting to compete here after Spain’s first success because we are at home, I felt the support in the crowd, we are very pleased and excited to compete at these World Championships.”
On performance this evening: “This was my first solo technical routine so I’m happy to be on the podium and I hope to do better in the solo free routine.”
"In this final I've improved with my physical impression and the presentation of the choreography."
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