FINA World Championships

Russia’s synchro girls completed their performance in Kazan with the gold medal in free combo

Kazan 2015 - SY

Team Russia grabbed eight out of nine gold medals in synchro events at the FINA World Championships in Kazan. Russians made a spectacular and striking finish, winning their combo routine with more than 98 points (98,300).

Even some with technical problems, the sound equipment couldn’t kill the perfect execution of a ballet theme “Don Quihote”, presented by the leaders. No, the music didn’t stop them at all like it had already happened twice: during the team routine at the Olympic Games in 2004 or in the team final at the Universiade 2013 in Kazan. There was just some noise or crack in the dynamic speakers.

Vlada Chigireva, Svetlana Kolesnichenko, Aleksandra Patskevich, Alla Shishkina, Anzhelika Timanina, Mikhaela Kalancha, Lilia Nizamova, Elena Prokofyeva, Maria Shurochkina and Gelena Topilina came out of that tense situation with honour and topped the podium.


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Russia captured seventh gold for team free routine

Kazan 2015 - SY

Russia succeeded in team free routine, winning the seventh gold medal in synchro events at the FINA World Championships in Kazan. China and Japan are the two other nations on the podium.

Vlada Chigireva, Aleksandra Patskevich, Alla Shishkina, Anzhelika Timanina, Svetlana Kolesnichenko, Elena Prokofyeva, Maria Shurochkina and Gelena Topilina performed their incredible “Pray” programme on Nick Cave’s music, which speaks to the heart.
The Russians were very happy to get pretty high marks in the preliminaries (97,6333).

Nevertheless, they were determined to show a better execution in the final. As they say, every single performance is considered to be the performance of their life-time. And Russians were rewarded for their hard work and quest for excellence, earning superior 98,4667 points with “ten” for artistry.

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Russia’s Maltsev and Valitova finally won their gold medal in mixed duet

Kazan 2015 - SY

Aleksandr Maltsev and Darina Valitova (RUS) celebrated victory in mixed duet free routine at the FINA World Championships in Kazan.

They missed gold in technical duet two days ago, losing to the first world champions in history Bill May and Christina Jones (USA) some miserable 0,22 points. Russians were very upset, because they counted on tech duo more than on free programme. Technique – is their strong point. But they managed to focus on their performance tonight.

Russians and Americans were again the main rivals. That was a battle of two famous ballet themes, which were chosen to find favour in the eyes of Russian spectators - “Fire bird” by Bill May and Kristina Lum-Underwood and “Swan Lake” by Aleksandr Maltsev and Darina Valitova. And once again the advantage of the winners over the runner-ups was not overwhelming. Maltsev and Valitova captured gold (91,7333) with a small margin of 0,2666 points. May and Lum, who was supported by her whole family (parents, husband, 2,5 year old son and 6 month daughter), took the silver medal (91,4667).


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Ishchenko and Romashina (RUS) got their fourth gold at halves and first ten points from the judges

Kazan 2015 - SY

The 19-time World Champion Natalia Ishchenko and the 18-time champion Svetlana Romashina from Russia, who won’t take part in group and combi, crowned their unforgettable performance in Kazan with a golden duet free routine on the sixth day of the competition.

With impressive 98,2000 points Ishchenko and Romashina were ahead of Chinese Huang Xuechen and Sun Wenyan (95,9000), who also presented a remarkable programme. The Ukrainian duet Lolita Ananasova and Anna Voloshina were extremely happy to finish with a bronze medal, overcoming such strong teams as Japan and Spain. This was the first podium for Ukraine in synchro events in Kazan.

It’s interesting to know, that at the European Cup in Holland, where the Russians presented their amazing free programme “Alians”, the judges made a remark upon the make-up. It was too bright. So Ishchenko and Romashina performed in Kazan with a traditional for synchronized swimmers face-paint. At the same time the technical specialist noticed one more extraordinary thing at the World Chmpionships: both girls had red manicure and pedicure. But it’s said nothing about that in the rules, so the Russian duet could keep it.


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Ishchenko (RUS) won her 18th world title in synchro events

Kazan 2015 - SY

Natalia Ishchenko (RUS) performed her first solo routine at the FINA World Championships since her time-out tonight. We didn’t see her two years ago in Barcelona but in Kazan she performed in front of the crowd even more graceful and beautiful.

Ishchenko purchased her 18th world title, earning the significant marks from judges for her solo free programme – 97,2333 points. Spain and China, contesting for the medals, changed places in comparison with technical solo. This time Chinese Huang Huechen won the battle for silver (95,7000 points). Ona Carbonell (ESP) got the bronze (94,9000).

The leading lady from Russia showed her lyrical programme to a sound track from “Paganini: The Devil’s Violinist” and it was all about love – to a man, to a child, to parents, to homeland.


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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.

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Bill May and Christina Jones (USA) won the first mixed duet gold in history

Kazan 2015 - SY

The dreams of male synchronised swimmers came true as mixed duet made its first appearance at the FINA World Championships in Kazan.

Bill May and Christina Jones (USA) were the favourites of the first technical routine before the start.
May is 36 years old. He is the most experienced and the most famous male synchronised swimmer in the world. He is actually the pioneer of this discipline. Back in 1998 Bill took part in his first international competition – the Goodwill Games, where him and his partner Kristina Lum competed with “ordinary” duets and lost only to Russia’s Maria Kiseleva and Olga Brusnikina.

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Ishchenko and Romashina secured second synchro victory for Russia

Kazan 2015 - SY

Russian synchro duet Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina captured one more gold medal at the “Kazan Arena”.

Ishchenko and Romashina showed their catching Gipsy dance and confidently took the lead, earning 95,4672 points. This was the only permanent thing about the synchro technical duet final of the FINA World Championships.

London silver medallist, four-time world bronze medallist in duet events Ona Carbonell from Spain missed the podium. She had a new partner Clara Camacho. And their performance did not impress enough (90,0157 points) to compete for the medals. They finished at the fifth place.


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Russia’s Svetlana Romashina tops Solo Tech event in Kazan World Championships

Kazan 2015 - SY

Russia’s Svetlana Romashina, performing her “Pretty Woman” technical solo program, was absolutely charming and fascinating so that you couldn’t take your eyes off. She won the first gold medal of the synchro competition as well as the first medal for team Russia – the host country of the tournament.

With 95,2680 points Svetlana Romashina was ahead of Ona Carbonell from Spain (93,1284) with her impressive “Requiem for a dream” and Chinese Sun Wenyan (91,5479). In fact, two years ago in Barcelona team Spain managed to get only bronze in all solo and duo events losing to China, which once again made a strong impact then after six silver medals in Shanghai-2011. So Ona's silver in Kazan was a good start for Spain and a successful attempt to get their second position back.

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