Russian gymnasts, synchronized swimmers win more golds at European Championships
In the team gymnastics final at the SSE Hydro arena in Glasgow, Russia finished comfortably ahead of France in second and the Netherlands in third.
The team of Lilia Akhaimova, Irina Alekseeva, Angelina Melnikova, Uliana Perebinosova and Angelina Simakova topped the podium on 165.195 points, with the French on 161.131 points and the Dutch on 159.563.
The Russian women’s synchronized swimming team then added further gold in the pool as they won the final of the free routine event, ahead of Ukraine in second and Italy in third.
The team of Anastasia Arkhipovskaya, Anastasia Bayandina, Daria Bayandina, Marina Golyadkina, Veronika Kalinina, Polina Komar, Maria Shurochkina, Darina Valitova and Mikhaela Kalancha ran out winners on 97,0333 points – ahead of Ukraine on 94,6000 and Italy on 92,2333.
It is Russia’s third gold from three events in synchronized swimming at the championships after victories in the women’s and mixed duet technical routine events.
Russia currently top the medals table at the event as of Saturday afternoon with seven golds, having also seen success in the women’s four rowing, team sprint cycling, and 4 x 100m freestyle relay men’s swimming events.
The inaugural multi-sport European Championships – which will be held once every four years – includes seven sports: athletics, aquatics, cycling, golf, gymnastics, rowing and triathlon.
The events are being co-hosted by Glasgow and Berlin, with the athletics events taking place at the latter venue.
Rather than having separate European tournaments for each, as previously, they will now all be held as part of the same event.
Russian athletes will compete as neutrals for the athletics events as the country has still not been readmitted by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) following the fall-out over doping allegations.