Bill May and Christina Jones (USA) won the first mixed duet gold in history
The dreams of male synchronised swimmers came true as mixed duet made its first appearance at the FINA World Championships in Kazan.
Bill May and Christina Jones (USA) were the favourites of the first technical routine before the start.
May is 36 years old. He is the most experienced and the most famous male synchronised swimmer in the world. He is actually the pioneer of this discipline. Back in 1998 Bill took part in his first international competition – the Goodwill Games, where him and his partner Kristina Lum competed with “ordinary” duets and lost only to Russia’s Maria Kiseleva and Olga Brusnikina.
Ishchenko and Romashina secured second synchro victory for Russia
Russian synchro duet Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina captured one more gold medal at the “Kazan Arena”.
Ishchenko and Romashina showed their catching Gipsy dance and confidently took the lead, earning 95,4672 points. This was the only permanent thing about the synchro technical duet final of the FINA World Championships.
London silver medallist, four-time world bronze medallist in duet events Ona Carbonell from Spain missed the podium. She had a new partner Clara Camacho. And their performance did not impress enough (90,0157 points) to compete for the medals. They finished at the fifth place.
Water Polo Reports - Women Day 1
A lob from 12 metres won the game for China
The opening day of the women's tournament saw two fantastic fights, decided by a single goal: Australia edged out Greece and China staged an amazing finish against Hungary. The rest of the contests were rather one-sided.
China wins two gold; Wu Minxia makes history
The Chinese divers Si Yajie/Tai Xiao and Wu Minxia/Shi Tingmao wrapped up two gold medals in the mixed synchro platform and women's 3m springboard synchro, as Olympic champion Wu won her eighth world title from her eighth world trip on the second competition day of the FINA World Championships at the Kazan Aquatic Palace here on Saturday.
A total of 15 pairs competed in the mixed platform synchro which was introduced for the first time in the programme of the competition.
Si Yajie, defending champion in the women's 10m platform, teamed with Tai Xiaohu, both 17-years-old, and led from the start to the end, winning in 350.88 points, beating Canada's Meaghan Benfeito/Vincent Riendeau second in 309.66. Domonic Bedggood/Melisa Wu of Australia finished third in 308.22.
Russia’s Svetlana Romashina tops Solo Tech event in Kazan World Championships
Russia’s Svetlana Romashina, performing her “Pretty Woman” technical solo program, was absolutely charming and fascinating so that you couldn’t take your eyes off. She won the first gold medal of the synchro competition as well as the first medal for team Russia – the host country of the tournament.
With 95,2680 points Svetlana Romashina was ahead of Ona Carbonell from Spain (93,1284) with her impressive “Requiem for a dream” and Chinese Sun Wenyan (91,5479). In fact, two years ago in Barcelona team Spain managed to get only bronze in all solo and duo events losing to China, which once again made a strong impact then after six silver medals in Shanghai-2011. So Ona's silver in Kazan was a good start for Spain and a successful attempt to get their second position back.
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