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Svetlana Kolesnichenko of Russia won the women's solo free title today at the 17th FINA World Championships, adding a third gold to her exceptional Budapest 2017 tally.

The 23-year-old rising soloist from Russia scored 96.1333 points for her incredibly technical and rhythmed routine (95.5000 in the prelims).

Kolesnichenko (RUS), gold

Russia, with Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina, has claimed victory in the event since 2009, with the only exception of 2007 (first year the event was introduced to the programme) which was won by France’s Virginie Dedieu. Dedieu has now retired from competition but accompanies Ona Carbonelle (ESP) since five years in her preparations, together with Esther Jauma.

Ona Carbonell of Spain claimed silver, scoring 95.0333 for her routine, maintaining her ranking from the prelims on Monday. She performed over an Edit Piaf’s song interpreted by a young singer.

Carbonell (ESP), silver

This was the Catalan athlete’s second silver in Budapest. You can watch an exclusive interview of Ona Carbonell in Budapest on FINAtv.

Carbonell now equals Gemma Mengual, the most decorated Spanish synchronised swimmer, with a total of 20 medals on her tally (FINA World Champions + Olympics). 

Carbonell beat Ukraine’s Anna Voloshyna (93.30000 points), who took bronze. Voloshyna however underlined her huge potential in this sport as she claimed her third bronze medal this morning.

She previously took bronze in the solo tech and the duet tech in Budapest.

Voloshyna (UKR), bronze

Yukiko Inui (JPN, 4th), Linda Cerruti (ITA, 5th), Jacqueline Simoneau (CAN, 6th), Evangelia Platanioti (GRE, 7th), Vasiliki Alexandri (AUT, 8th) and Eve Planeix (FRA, 9th) finished off the podium in the solo free final on Wednesday July 19 in Budapest.

The competition resumes tomorrow morning (July 20) at 11am with the duet free final.

Podium of solo free final

Follow all the synchronised swimming action at FINAtv and check out the detailed results here


Svetlana Kolesnichenko (RUS), gold

“I’m the Amazon in my free solo routine. So I kind of fight for gold in the true sense of the word. I like this program very much and I want to thank Natalia Ischenko, who produced it.”

“I executed a very good performance in the final. I did the best I could. I’ll continue to pursue this stansard in the future as well.”

Ona Carbonell (ESP), silver

“There a lot of fans from Spain in the tribunes. They are so loud. It’s so nice to have such strong support. When they scream out your name, it brings you some additional power and energy.”

“This is my sixth World Championships where I am taking a medal. It’s not so easy. I want to thank all the members of my team.”

Anna Voloshyna (UKR), bronze

“This is my third medal in Budapest's Championships. I think, my performance can raise our team spirit.”

“This bronze is for my mom and husband, who always support mе during my training and competing.”