KAZAN, July 25. /TASS/. Five sets of medals will be up for grabs on Saturday on the first day of competitions of 16 FINA World Championships in Russia’s Kazan. First winners will be determined in diving, open water swimming and synchronized swimming.
Synchronized swimmers will compete for medals in women’s solo technical. The final starts at 5:30pm Moscow time. The favorite in this program is three-times Olympic champion from Russia Svetlana Romashina. The first mixed duet technical competition will start at 11:45am Moscow time. Only six duets will perform, among them are Russians Darina Valitova and Alexander Maltsev. Women’s team technical will also start on Saturday.
Divers will compete in new sports discipline - 10m platform synchronized mixed. They will also compete for 3m springboard synchronized women. Final round in 10m platform synchronized mixed will start at 3pm Moscow time, with Russia represented by Nikita Shleykher and Yulya Timoshina. Russian divers Nadezhda Bazhina and Kristina Ilynykh will compete in 3, springboard synchronized women that kicks off at 7:30pm Moscow time.
Open water swimmers will compete for women’s and men’s 5km. Women’s event starts at 10am Moscow time, with Russia represented by Anastasia Azarova and Anastasia Krapivina. Men’s event will kick off at 1pm Moscow time, with Russia represented by Sergey Bolshakov and Yevgeny Dratsev.
FINA World Championships will run through August 9. A total of 75 sets of medals are up for grabs in diving, swimming, synchronized swimming, water polo, open water swimming and high diving.