Russian synchro duo grabs World Aquatic Championship

Anastasia Davydova and Svetlana Romashina (AFP Photo / Christophe Simon)
A faultless performance from the Russian synchronized swimming duo has granted them gold at the 13th FINA World Championships in Rome.

Anastasiya Davydova and Svetlana Romashina were leading after the Technical preliminaries and left no chance for their rivals in the finals.

The Russians received the best possible mark of 9.9 points from seven referees out of nine and got 98,667 points. This is Russia’s fourth gold medal at the tournament.

The duo from Spain came in second (97,333), while the Chinese synchronized swimmers finished third (95,667).

Russia also took silver on the day as Larisa Ilchenko finished second in the five-kilometer Open Water Swim.

The Beijing Olympic champion was leading throughout the whole race, but was overtaken by Melissa Gorman of Australia in the final meters, with half-a-second separating the swimmers at the finish.

Brazilian Poliana Okimoto was third.

The race was scheduled to take place last Sunday, but was cancelled due to bad weather.