Performing to a sold-out arena, the Russian team excited the crowd with their technical pattern formations and were able to better their Preliminary score by 0.500 with a total of 93.000.
Last year’s Champions, who have been training together for three months were pleased with the result; ‘It’s not perfect, but it was good enough on the day.’
Second place went to the Ukranian Team whose score of 90.833 was enough to beat out last year’s silver medallists Spain for the second place.
The result came as a shock to the team who went into the final after a third place finish in the Preliminary round.
Of the performance Ukrainian Team member, Olena Grechykhina said; ‘We don’t have any words to explain how happy we are; it is a shock. We’ve worked really, really hard for this. We started preparing this routine a year ago, it’s a new squad and a new performance for us and it’s all paid off.’
After a second place finish in the Preliminary event on Thursday, Spain’s score of 90.500 brought disappointment to the team who just yesterday failed to capture the silver medal in the Combination event.
‘We felt more confidence today with our draw and it was exciting for Ana Tarres [Head Coach to the Spanish Senior Squad] to come and help us today. We felt our routine was much better in the final but the scores didn’t reflect that.’
The British Gas Synchronised Swimming Team claimed 10th place, mirroring their 2008 result, after a good performance scoring 79.167.
British Gas Synchro Co-Team Captain Cherry Wilson said; ‘It went really well out there. We had corrections going into the final and they all went well. We all really enjoyed it.’
Fellow British Gas Synchro Team Captain Anya Tarasiuk was also pleased with the swim; ‘The lifts were really good and it was a solid performance. We are also really happy with the scores.’
The fourth day began with the Figures, the event which sees each swimmer perform four designated ‘figures’ to demonstrate their technical abilities in Synchronised Swimming.
The top-12 in each event, based on their scores in Figures and Preliminaries, progress to the finals. Once there, scores from previous performances are erased and the swimmers compete for the medals.
After leading in the Solo, Duet and Team Preliminaries, Russia’s scores in Figures saw them gain the top-5 positions seeing them comfortably through in all three events. Aleksandra Zueva took the top spot with 81.214.
The highest placing British Gas Synchronised Swimmer was Cherry Wilson, whose 72.104 was enough to get her 79th place.
Tomorrow will mark the final day of competition with both the Solo and Duet medals to be decided.
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