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Russia wins 2018 FINA World Championships’ gold in women’s team technical competition

July 18, 2017, 18:22 UTC+3 BUDAPEST

The Russian squad came up with a completely new line-up for this championship, except for two Olympic Champions Maria Shurochkina and Vlada Chigireva

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BUDAPEST, July 18. /TASS/. The Russia national synchronized squad’s swimmers grabbed on Tuesday the gold of team technical routine competition at the 17th FINA World Championships, held in Budapest between July 14 and 30.

The Russian team, which consisted of Anastasia Bayandina, Vlada Chigireva, Veronika Kalinina, Maria Shurochkina, Daria Bayandina, Marina Golyadkina, Polina Komar and Darina Valitova secured a total of 96.0109 points to claim the world championship’s gold this year.

"First of all we would like to thank the Chinese and Japanese team for the competition, as well as Budapest for this amazing venue," the FINA official website quoted the Russian team of synchronized swimmers as saying.

The Russian squad came up with a completely new line-up for this championship, except for two Olympic Champions Shurochkina and Chigireva.

"Preparing is always difficult, especially for new girls, as they have to reach the level of others," FINA website quoted the Russian team as saying. "However, with this result, they succeeded and they became good team-mates."

The national team of synchronized swimmers from China finished the technical routine competition of the championship in second place with 94.2165 points to pack home silver and bronze went to Team Japan (93.1590 points).

"First of all we must learn from Russians, secondly, the most important thing is to bring the best out of ourselves," Chinese team’s swimmers said after winning silver in the competition. "Budapest is a very beautiful venue for the World Championships, it helps us to compete better."

The Japanese team, who won bronze at the 2016 Olympic in Brazil’s Rio, announced its content with today’s bronze medals in Budapest.

"We are very happy with this bronze, our primary goal was to get a medal, we did it," the Japanese team said. "In Rio it was self-evident that we would win a medal with that team, but the present performance of this new lineup is a reassuring result."

Tuesday’s gold of synchronized swimmers at this year’s FINA World Championship in Bucharest was fourth for the Russian team. Two days ago Russian duet Svetlana Kolesnichenko and Alexandra Patskevich clinched gold in the synchronized swimming technical event.

Kolesnichenko also grabbed gold in women’s solo synchronized swimming, while Russia’s Ilya Zakharov and Yevgeny Kuznetsov won gold in Men’s synchronized 3-meter springboard competition.


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