The artistic swimming portion of the 19th FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary continued today in the outdoor facility of the Hajos Alfred Swimming Complex on gorgeous Margaret Island with the medals for the Team Technical event up for grabs. The resulting medals were extra special for both China and Italy. China won this event for the first time and Italy earned their first-ever medal winner in this event.
Team Technical Final
China’s “Chasing Dreams” swum to music by Chinese artist Li Heng is the 2020 Tokyo Olympics silver medal-winning choreography. Showcasing a routine full of unusual angles, fast and tight pattern changes, and acrobatic moves, unique to the Chinese Artistic Swimmers, the Chinese received 94.7202 points. Having been the runner-up in the Team Technical event at the last three World Championships, today’s performance earned them the gold medal.
Qang Qianyi: “I have really great feeling because of our performance. We are really excited and we are grateful for the supporters. It is just one game, but always the same excitement.”
Team Japan presented their choreography “Vampire” for the first time internationally here in Budapest. Technically challenging from the beginning with the acrobatic throw to the very rapid cadence at the end of the choreography, the Japanese scored 92.2261 points to claim the silver medal, their fourth medal of these Championships.
Yoshida Megamu: “We are satisfied with this result, we want to keep going on these good vibes until the very last moment. Every day is sunny, it’s beautiful here, and the environment is really good too.”
The Italian team performed their “Superheroes” themed routine to the song “We can be Superheroes” by Antongiulio Frulio. Donning the most eye-catching bathing suits in today’s final, the score, 91.0191 and the corresponding bronze medal will enter into the Italian Artistic Swimming history books as the first-ever World Championships medal in this event, their third in Budapest.
Marta Murri: “Only 24 hours gone and this is our second medal. We feel really great, the performance was pretty good. Budapest is beautiful, we love this championship!”
Duet Free Preliminary
A record thirty-three duets competed today for a chance at one of the medals that will be available later this week. Topping the scoreboard after the preliminary round are the Chinese twins Wang Liuyi and Wang Qianyi, followed by another pair of twin sister from the Ukraine, Maryna and Vladyslava Aleksiiva, and two of the Austrian triplet sisters Anna-Maria Alexandri and Eirini Alexandri. Italy, Spain, Greece, Mexico, Netherlands, United States of America, Israel, Great Britain, and Germany will all be represented by a duet in Thursday’s final.
The programme for Wednesday, 22 June includes the preliminary round for the Team Free event and the Solo Free final event. Full results of the Championships can be found here as well as information for the live broadcasts.