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Russia leads synchro technical routine

Russia leads synchro technical routine

Russia placed first in the technical routine of the synchronized swimming team event Friday, staying on course to sweep both the duet and team event for the third straight Olympics.
The team was awarded a near-perfect 49.500 points. Spain was second with 48.917 points and China was third with 48.584.
The team event concludes Saturday with the free routine.
Anastasia Ermakova and Anastasia Davydova won gold in the duet Wednesday and are also part of Russia's eight-woman squad for the team event.
"The Russians perform from their hearts. No matter what we do, we do it (with) heart and soul," Davydova said.
Wearing suits with red hearts on the front and silver-sequined lightning bolts on the backs, the Russians showed off their superior throws, lifts and splits to the "Spanish Suite" by Albenise.
The music choice may have been a response to the decision by the Spanish duet to use traditional Russian music in their technical routine Monday.
Spain dethroned Russia at the 2007 World Trophy Cup, but Russia has won gold at the past two Olympics and past five world championships.
The Russian team had not competed since last year's World Championships in Melbourne, Australia, and its new routine was created behind closed doors.
"This is a new routine that we have never performed before in any competitions," Ermakova said. "We didn't think too much. We just tried to do our job and complete the routine."
Besides the Anastasias, the other members of Russia's team are: Maria Gromova, Natalia Ishchenko, Elvira Khasyanova, Olga Kuzhela, Elena Ovchinnikova and Svetlana Romashina.
Russia earned all 9.9's and one 9.8 for both execution and overall impression.
Spain performed to the "Happy Feet" soundtrack and won a big applause for a unique windmill move.
Gemma Mengual and Andrea Fuentes won Spain's first Olympic synchro medal when they claimed silver in the duet.
Japan, which has medaled in synchro in every Olympics since the discipline was introduced at the 1984 Los Angeles Games, placed fourth.
Canada and the United States tied for fifth.
Canada performed to "They call me Mr. Tibbs" by Britt-King and "Oh Yeah" by Yello, while the Americans used a "Godfather" remix.
The Americans wore yellow suits with a large, brown Chinese knot design on the front to appeal to the local audience.
"Our routine was action inspired, like a Jackie Chan movie," said Christina Jones, who also placed fifth in the duet with American teammate Andrea Nott.
Rounding out the field in seventh and eighth positions, Australia and Egypt were each penalized two points for deliberately using the bottom of the pool.


Updated : 2021-03-08 09:48 GMT+08:00