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Russian wins synchro team event

Russian wins synchro team event

Russia completed its third consecutive gold medal sweep in synchronized swimming Saturday, winning a team event marked by a Japanese competitor passing out on the pool deck.
Russia finished with a combined 99.500 points after the free routine. Spain took the silver with 98.251 points and China claimed the bronze with 97.334.
Anastasia Ermakova and Anastasia Davydova had already won gold in the duet Wednesday and were also part of Russia's eight-woman squad for the team event.
After Japan's number concluded, two men in swimsuits jumped into the pool to assist Hiromi Kobayashi to the side of the pool. The other team members climbed out to await their scores, while Kobayashi clung to the pool's edge.
As Kobayashi was lifted out of the water, she buckled to her knees. Her body and head went limp as they carried her. She was wrapped in a white sheet and rushed away on a stretcher, attended to by several volunteers and medical personnel.
Japan received a two-point penalty for touching the bottom of the pool and finished in a tie for fifth with the United States, with 95.334 points each. Canada placed fourth.
It's the first time Japan hasn't won a medal since the team event began in 1996.
Spain began its routine while Kobayashi was still being attended to on the pool deck, and the crowd remained restless when Russia dove in for the final routine.
Led by Ermakova and Davydova, the Russians appeared unaffected by the hubbub, though, and earned a perfect score of 50.000 to go with their 49.500 from Thursday's technical routine.
Russia entered the synchro program in a shround of secrecy, not having competed since last year's World Championships in Melbourne, Australia. Their new routines were created behind closed doors, but the results were the same.
Performing to "Life of Sea" by Aliveiro, Russia began its routine with a high flip and performed its throws and kicks in complete unison, receiving eight perfect 10's.
Besides Ermakova and Davydova, the other members of Russia's team are: Maria Gromova, Natalia Ishchenko, Elvira Khasyanova, Olga Kuzhela, Elena Ovchinnikova and Svetlana Romashina.


Updated : 2021-05-06 14:26 GMT+08:00