Third synchro gold for Russia, second bronze for Japan

Kazan 2015 - SY

Team Russia acknowledged their supremacy in synchro events, winning the team technical routine tonight.

This was the third gold medal for the admitted leaders at the FINA World Championships in Kazan after victories in technical solo and duet and silver in mixed duet.

Russians performed their high-speed “Kaleidoscope” programme brilliantly, earning 95,7457 points. China (94,4605) and Japan (92,4133) completed the podium.

It was unusual not to see Spain among the medallist. But the Japanese bronze in tech duo and team routine is not for nothing. We should mention that team Japan got back their coach who left in 2004 to raise synchronized swimming in China. A good battle is expected in Rio-2016.

Notwithstanding the huge advantage, which team Russia had already achieved in the preliminaries, multi word champions were a little bit nervous and concerned about their unexperienced partner Gelena Topilina who made her debut at the World Championships here, in Kazan. But she didn’t spoil the game.

The judges and spectators had already seen this “Kaleidoscope” programme at the European championship 2014 in Berlin. As the head coach of team Russia Tatiana Pokrovskaya said, they try to keep a good programme for the next season. Because over time the team executes the whole composition even better. Girls feel themselves more relaxed and confident. They are not so focused on technique, doing everything automatically, and can show all their passion and character.


Gold medallist Aleksandra Patskevich (RUS): “I’m satisfied with my performance. We trained that routine really hard. We performed it before the audience for the last time. You can see the result for yourselves. I think people liked our “Kaleidoscope” program. It’s vivid, it’s bright, full of motion. It’s always fun to watch. I think people are getting bored when the music is slow”.

Svetlana Kolesnichenko (RUS): "As they say, we have made a start. We successfully performed one program and now psyching ourselves up for another. We were a bit nervous after yesterday's referees' odd thing in duo. But we performed in such a strong team. And here is the result. We just did our job which we keep working on day by day".

Silver medallist Wenyan Sun (CHN): "We have performed very well today, so we are very happy. We are satisfied with the second place. It is our joint victory. For me it is not very difficult to compete with the Russian team".
Bronze medalist Kurumi Yoshida (JPN): "We were good at speed. We should perform the elements still better. We have a lot of work ahead. First of all, we should add up in artistic impression and in speed

Bronze medallist Team Japan : "Today we were expecting to be a though challenger. We came a long way and claimed a medal. I am so happy! The fact that Japan’s duet won a medal last night here in Kazan gave us extra power a great motivation for tonight.