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From Romashina to Kolesnichenko: the reign of the Svetlanas continues

July 27, 2013
Svetlana Kolesnichenko today achieved her third gold medal © RFEN 2011 - BCN2013 Foto JorgeAndreu

Svetlana Kolesnichenko today achieved her third gold medal
© RFEN 2011 – BCN2013 Foto JorgeAndreu

Romashina isn´t here anymore, but her dancing partner is. She is also called Svetlana, like her, and also like her, she is becoming one of the big successes of synchronised swimming. Svetlana Kolesnichenko today achieved her third gold medal, in front of an audience of 8,122 spectators in Palau Sant Jordi, in these 15th FINA World Championships forming part of the Russian team. She had not competed in the technical but in the two duet disciplines. Meanwhile Ona Carbonell totalled her sixth medal (two silver, four bronze). Kolesnichenko is only one gold behind Romashina to become the other queen of synchronised swimming in Barcelona 2013

In Palau Sant Jordi the same anthem is heard, always in honour of Russia. Six out of six. Six gold. From the Romashina´s two solos to the two team routines (today was free), and passing another pair with the duets of the Svetlanas. Again, the Russians leave everyone astonished as soon as they get near to the swimming pool. It was the biggest audience ever at a World Championships with 8,122 spectators. It is difficult to conceive that eight swimmers could perform as if they were one dancer, such is their capacity to synchronise with each other in the water.

The Russian free team added totaled up 97.390 points in this final. The eight choristers were not the same as in the technical routine, as Kolesnichenko did participate today. She was accompanied by Vlada Chigireva, Daria Korobova, Alexandra Patskevich, Elena Prokofyeva, Alla Shishkina, María Shurochkina and Anzhelika Timanina.

If Russia´s new gold medal was not a surprise then neither was the silver for Spain or Ukraine’s bronze, they were way ahead of the other finalists. The absence of China in the team events here in Barcleona 2013, has impeded us from knowing if, like in the recent London 2012 Olympic Games, they would have beaten Spain on to the second step on the podium.  Their absence, has also helped the emerging Ukraine, installed again on the third step.

Spain received 94.100 points. OnaCarbonell, that has already accumulated 6 medals (2 silver and 4 bronze) is on her way to be the most prize winning of all synchronised swimmers, although she has not been able to make it on to the top step. Tomorrow, in the final of combined, her challenge of seven medals out of a possible seven could be fulfilled. Performing with her were: Clara Basiana, Alba Cabello, Marga Crespí, Thais Henríquez, Paula Klamburg, Meritxell Mas and Sara Levy.

Ukraine has again not failed on the big day and has made the most out of the absence of China to grab their second bronze. The ones that made it happen were: Lolita Ananasova, Olena Grechykhina, MGanna Klymenko, Olha Zolotarova, Oleksandra Sabada, Kateryna Sadurska, Anastasiya Savchuk y Anna Voloshyna. Su puntuación: 93.100.

The majority of all the swimmers who have plunged in to the pool today in the packed Palau Sant Jordi will perform again tomorrow in the ultimate final of sincro of Barcelona 2013: the combined (19:00), in which 10 swimmers put together the most choreographed and complex artistic exhibition that can be performed in the water today.


-Russia won the Synchronised Swimming Team Free Routine, to add to their triumph in the Team Technical Routine earlier this week.

-Russia has now won this event four times out of four occasions that it has been staged at the Aquatics World Championships.   -Russian women have maintained a similar stranglehold on the Team Technical Routine event.

-Local favourites Spain equalled their best result in this event, having also won a silver medal in 2007 and 2009.

-Spain also took silver in the Team Technical Routine earlier this week.


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