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Russia’s golden duo secure yet another win

July 20,2019
Svetlana Kolesnichenko and Svetlana Romashina of Russia won the women’s duet free routine in artistic swimming at Gwangju 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships on Thursday.

Having swept through the preliminary with a high score of 96.6667, the duo continued their dominance in the final. Performing 10th among the 12 teams in the final, the Russians received a higher score, 97.5000 points, to pick up another gold at the world championships.

“Happy to be here now, for me, for Svetlana [Romashina],” Kolesnichenko said. “That was our last performance [in Gwangju]. Now, we’re relaxing and we will have a great time here for a few days.”

With another gold, both Kolesnichenko and Romashina have now picked up three each in Gwangju.

Performing as a duet, the two previously won the women’s duet technical. In individual events, Kolesnichenko picked up gold in the women’s technical while Romashina won the women’s free routine. The pair’s sweep of the duet events is especially impressive, as they haven’t performed together at the FINA World Championships since 2013. Looking at their achievements at the world championships, this is Kolesnichenko’s 16th and Romashina’s 21st gold. Romashina holds the record for the most career golds ever won in artistic swimming at the FINA World Championships.

In addition to the swimmers’ achievement, their gold also allowed Russia to continue their dominance in artistic swimming. Looking specifically at the duet free routine, Russia has never missed the top of the podium since it was introduced in 2007.

Sun Wenyan and Huang Xuechen of China finished second by receiving 95.7667 points followed by Marta Fiedina and Anastasiya Savchuk of Ukraine in third with 94.1000 points.

Unlike the technical events, where artistic swimmers or teams have to perform specific required technical elements within their routines, the artistic swimmers or teams competing in free events do not have any restrictions as to their choreography, content or choice of music.

BY KANG YOO-RIM [kang.yoorim@joongang.co.kr]