Ishchenko and Romashina (RUS) got their fourth gold at halves and first ten points from the judges

Kazan 2015 - SY

The 19-time World Champion Natalia Ishchenko and the 18-time champion Svetlana Romashina from Russia, who won’t take part in group and combi, crowned their unforgettable performance in Kazan with a golden duet free routine on the sixth day of the competition.

With impressive 98,2000 points Ishchenko and Romashina were ahead of Chinese Huang Xuechen and Sun Wenyan (95,9000), who also presented a remarkable programme. The Ukrainian duet Lolita Ananasova and Anna Voloshina were extremely happy to finish with a bronze medal, overcoming such strong teams as Japan and Spain. This was the first podium for Ukraine in synchro events in Kazan.

It’s interesting to know, that at the European Cup in Holland, where the Russians presented their amazing free programme “Alians”, the judges made a remark upon the make-up. It was too bright. So Ishchenko and Romashina performed in Kazan with a traditional for synchronized swimmers face-paint. At the same time the technical specialist noticed one more extraordinary thing at the World Chmpionships: both girls had red manicure and pedicure. But it’s said nothing about that in the rules, so the Russian duet could keep it.

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Kim Kuk-hyang upstages Chinese 10m favourites for DPR Korea’s first-ever world title

Kazan 2015 - DV

Tiny Kim Kuk-hyang propelled the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to their first-ever gold medal at the FINA World Championships, showing the strongest nerve to trump her Chinese rivals and win the women’s 10m diving crown. Sixteen-year-old Kim trailed defending champion Si Yajie and heir-apparent Ren Qian going into the last round of the five-dive final but threw down an enormous challenge with her concluding back 2-1/2 somersaults with 1-1/2 twists which netted two perfect 10s and a score of 91.20 points. Si, leading into the last round but now with no room for error, tackled the same combination next but faltered and managed only 72.00 points, leaving the destiny of title in the hands of 14-year-old Ren, who had utterly dominated the preliminary and semi-final rounds the previous day. But this time the task proved too much for Ren, who scored 76.80 on that same fateful back dive, leaving her 9.05 points adrift overall. That meant Kim was world champion with an aggregate 397.05 points, relegating Ren to silver on 388.00 and letting in Olympic bronze medallist Pandelela Rinong Pamg of Malaysia for the bronze on 385.05. Si dropped out of the medals to fourth place, less than a point behind Pamg on 384.40.

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Powerful Germany wins 5km team event

Kazan 2015 - OW

A powerful German squad took the gold medal in the Open Water Mixed 5km Team event on the picturesque and placid Kazanka River today finishing in a time of 55:14.4, a little more than 16 seconds ahead of two rival teams that would share the silver medal. The team of Christian Reichert, Rob Muffels and Isabelle Harle captured the 24th gold medal for Germany. Reichert (55:10.9) and Harle (55:14.4) were members of the gold medalling winning team from the 2013 Barcelona World Championships that included the recently retired Thomas Lurz, the most decorated open water swimmer in history.

In the Mixed 5km Team Event each squad leaves 30 seconds apart and their final time is determined when the third swimmer hits the touchpad. Many different strategies are at work between the teammates. In some instances one of the male swimmers serves as the "engine" allowing the female swimmer to draft off the pace setter. The men switch their positions allowing for a fresh swimmer to serve as the "engine". In other cases one of the male swimmers will take the lead and also be in change of the pace and navigation.

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Water Polo Reports - Women, Day 3

Kazan 2015 - WP

Spain, Australia, Italy and host Russia through to quarterfinals of women’s water polo competition

Spain, Australia, Italy and Russia have won their respective groups and qualified for automatic entry to the quarterfinals from third-day action of women’s water polo competition.

In Group A, Spain beat Canada 12-6 in the all-important decider while Kazakhstan finished third thanks to six goals from Aizan Akilbayeva for a 14-4 margin over New Zealand.

In Group B, Australia headed off Netherlands  8-6 to win the group and Greece made short work of South Africa 20-4 for its first win and third place.

In Group C, Italy bounced Brazil 15-6 for top slot while Olympic champion United States of America downed winless Japan 17-2 for second spot.
In Group D, Russia and China fought out a 9-9 draw giving Russia the group win on goal differential and Hungary had a first win against France — 18-3.

Final Points:
Group A: Spain 6, Canada 4, Kazakhstan 2, New Zealand 0.
Group B: Australia 6, Netherlands 4, Greece 2, South Africa 0.
Group C: Italy 6, USA 4, Brazil 2, Japan 0.
Group D: Russia 5, China 5, Hungary 2, France 0.

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Daley and Gallantree win diving world title for Great Britain

Kazan 2015 - DV

Tom Daley and Rebecca Gallantree struck world gold for Great Britain, resoundingly beating a pair of newly crowned Chinese champions to claim the inaugural mixed team diving title in Kazan’s Aquatics Palace. Daley, world 10m champion in 2009, excelled himself with monumental scores in his two dives on the 10m tower in the three-round event in which each of the duo dived alternately three times, with at least one dive each on the 3m and 10m boards. It capped a great couple of days for Britain after Jack Laugher and Chris Mears had scooped bronze in the men’s 3m synchro final the previous evening, the nation’s first world championship diving medals since Daley’s triumph six years earlier.

The British pair, diving second of the 14 duos, won with 434.65 points, with Ukraine charging through in the last round to snatch the silver (426.45) and relegate China’s Xie Siyi and Chen Ruolin to bronze (425.40), with the Russian hosts denied a medal in fourth place (418.50).

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Ishchenko (RUS) won her 18th world title in synchro events

Kazan 2015 - SY

Natalia Ishchenko (RUS) performed her first solo routine at the FINA World Championships since her time-out tonight. We didn’t see her two years ago in Barcelona but in Kazan she performed in front of the crowd even more graceful and beautiful.

Ishchenko purchased her 18th world title, earning the significant marks from judges for her solo free programme – 97,2333 points. Spain and China, contesting for the medals, changed places in comparison with technical solo. This time Chinese Huang Huechen won the battle for silver (95,7000 points). Ona Carbonell (ESP) got the bronze (94,9000).

The leading lady from Russia showed her lyrical programme to a sound track from “Paganini: The Devil’s Violinist” and it was all about love – to a man, to a child, to parents, to homeland.

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Water Polo Reports - Men, Day 2

Kazan 2015 - WP

“Animal” Greece snares USA eagle on second day of men’s water polo competition

Greece was the big winner in second day men’s water polo competition, coming from two goals down to beat United States of America 11-10.

The win took Greece to the top of Group B and showed why its “animal” spirit proved worthy of that position. USA held the lead all match and was 10-8 up with less than three minutes remaining only to watch haplessly as Greece landed the last three goals with 31 seconds spare.

After the match, Ioannis Mylonakis likened his team to animals in the final minutes. In the other group match, Italy came out firing then went to sleep in its 9-6 win over Russia. Italy won the second period 5-0.

In Group A, Canada kept China scoreless in the first half and went on to win 8-2 for second spot. Croatia maintained top spot with a 10-9 victory over Brazil.

In Group C, Hungary downed South Africa 17-4 and Kazakhstan outlasted Argentina 15-7.

In Group D, Australia and Montenegro battled to a 5-5 draw with Montenegro controlling for much of the match before a three-goal burst took the Aussie Sharks one ahead, only to see that five-minute lead lost 22 seconds from time. Serbia beat Japan 19-9 in a most entertaining encounter.

Points after day two:

Group A: Croatia 4, Canada 2, Brazil 1, China 1.

Group B: Greece 4, USA 2, Italy 2, Russia 0.

Group C: Hungary 4, South Africa 2, Kazakhstan 2, Argentina 0.

Group D: Serbia 4, Australia 3, Montenegro 1, Japan 0.

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Qin and Cao make it six wins for China in seven diving events in Kazan

Kazan 2015 - DV

Double Olympic champion Qin Kai clinched a unique fifth successive men's 3m synchro springboard gold, sharing victory with Cao Yuan to give China their sixth title of the FINA World Championships after one had escaped their grasp a few hours earlier.

Qin and Cao denied the home Russian crowd the win they had hoped for after Evgeny Kuznetsov and Ilya Zakharov upstaged the Chinese pair in the morning’s preliminary round and seized the lead in the opening round of the six-dive final. But in the end China held sway in a fluctuating final, taking the lead in the second round, conceding it to the Russians in the third but then taking control in the fourth to win eventually by just over 12 points.

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Cagnotto wins gold at last and breaks China’s winning streak in Kazan

Kazan 2015 - DV

Tania Cagnotto finally won the world gold which had eluded her for so long when she scored a superb victory on the 1m springboard which ended China’s monopoly of the diving titles in Kazan. The 30-year-old Italian, who claimed her first FINA World Championship medal 10 years ago, took charge from the start and held off the Chinese challenge through the five rounds of the final to relegate former 1m world champions Shi Tingmao and He Zi to silver and bronze after China had bagged the first five titles of the meet.

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Muller gives France first Open Water gold

Kazan 2015 - OW

Aurelie Muller of France became the first female open water swimmer to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games winning the 10km event at the Kazan 2015 FINA World Championships in 1:58.04.3. Muller claims the first gold medal for France in open water swimming. France had previously won three silver medals and three bronze medals in open water events including Muller's silver medal in 2011 at the Shanghai Worlds. She finished 2.4 seconds ahead of her training partner Sharon Van Rouwendaal of The Netherlands under brilliant weather conditions and a pleasant air temperature of 26 degrees at the start of the race.

Muller had a run of bad luck having missed qualification for the 2012 London Olympics. The French swimmer was disqualified at the finish line from the 10km in Roberval in 2010. She recalls a poor 1500m freestyle result because her goggles filled with water, failing to qualify for the 2011 Shanghai World Championships. In the 23 degree placid water of the Kazanka River her luck changed for the better. Pacing herself with an easy 30.33.9 first lap she stayed relaxed in the pack of swimmers, passing the 2.5km mark tied for 19th position. In her second of four laps she found herself leading her 54 challengers from 34 countries. 

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