FINA Communication Department

Russia retained its Duet title at the 13th FINA World Junior Synchronised Swimming Championships, being held in Volos (GRE) from September 12-16, 2012. Represented by Milena Miteva and Elena Prokofyeva, Russia earned the gold medal in 168.5908, revalidating the previous World Championships's title in Indianapolis 2010. With this success, Russians have now reached 31 gold medals at World Junior Synchronised Swimming Championships, including eight consecutive titles in the Duet event since 1999.Japan's pair, composed by Hikaru Kazumori and Momoka Tamoura earned silver with a combined score of 162.7664, while Ukraine (Kateryna Reznik and Anastasiya Savchuk) were third with 160.5239.

Russian coach, Balentina Keplekova, speaking on the success for her country: “We have a great tradition in this sport. There is no secret for this. Only three words: Work, work, work”.

The second gold of the day for Russia came in the Team final, where they were first in 168.1266, also the squad's ninth consecutive success in this event at the FINA World Junior Championships. Like in the Duet competition, Japan was second (160.6472) and Ukraine third (159.5809).

(From: Hellenic Swimming Federation Press Office)