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Russia’s five-time Olympic Champ Romashina is back with national synchro swimming team

The Russian athlete rejoined with the team after taking a maternity leave

MOSCOW, April 15. /TASS/. Russia’s five-time Olympic champion in synchronized swimming Svetlana Romashina is back with the national team and is in an outstanding shape, Head Coach Tatyana Pokrovskaya told TASS on Monday.

The 29-year-old Russian athlete rejoined with the team after taking a maternity leave and her first start with the team this season will be the 2019 FINA Artistic Swimming World Series stage in Russia’s Kazan on April 19-21.

Romashina will be performing in duet with Svetlana Kolesnichenko, the 2016 Olympic champion, 13-time World Champion and eight-time European Champion.

"Romashina is excellent," Pokrovskaya said in an interview with TASS. "It is marvelous having two strong leaders, I count on them and God bless them."

"She [Romashina] is a fighter and if she is back, then she is back with enormous strength to fight for the leadership. It can be only this way," the head coach of the Russian national team in synchronized swimming added.

Romashina won two golds of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (in duet and team), two golds of the 2012 Olympics in London (in duet and team) and the gold of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing in the team event. She is also the 18-time World Champion and 10-time European Champion.

The most important competition for the Russian national team of synchronized swimming this year will be the 2019 World Aquatics Championships, scheduled to be held in South Korea’s Gwangju between July 12 and 28.