Olympic Results Digest: ROC Sweeps Gold Medals In Artistic Swimming

2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games – Artistic Swimming

The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) dominated the artistic swimming competition at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, winning both the duet and team events in what was sixth consecutive sweep at the Games by Russian athletes.

Russia has now won gold in both events at every Olympics dating back to 2000, with the United States the only other nation to win gold in the team event, which debuted in 1996. The duet was not included in the 1996 Olympic program, but was contested at the three Games prior, with the U.S. winning twice and Canada once.

Duet Recap

In the duet, the duo of Svetlana Romashina and Svetlana Kolesnichenko topped the podium with a score of 195.9079, with China (192.4499) claiming silver and Ukraine (189.4620) the bronze.

This was the third straight gold for Romashina in the event, having paired with Natalia Ishchenko to win in both 2012 and 2016.

It was also the second consecutive silver for the Chinese pair of Huang Xuechen and Sun Wenyan, and the third straight medal for Huang who had picked up a bronze with partner Liu Ou in London.

Artistic Swimming – Duet Results

Rank Nation Athletes Technical Free Final Total
1 ROC Svetlana Kolesnichenko & Svetlana Romashina 97.1079 98.8000 195.9079
2 China Huang Xuechen & Sun Wenyan 95.5499 96.9000 192.4499
3 Ukraine Marta Fiedina & Anastasiya Savchuk 93.8620 95.6000 189.462
4 Japan Yukiko Inui & Megumu Yoshida 93.3499 94.4667 187.8166
5 Canada Claudia Holzner & Jacqueline Simoneau 91.4798 93.0000 184.4798
6 Italy Linda Cerruti & Costanza Ferro 91.1035 92.4667 183.5702
7 Austria Anna-Maria Alexandri & Eirini Alexandri 90.3773 91.8000 182.1773
8 France Charlotte Tremble & Laura Tremble 87.3474 89.6333 176.9807
9 Netherlands Bregje de Brouwer & Noortje de Brouwer 87.2612 88.9000 176.1612
10 Spain Alisa Ozhogina & Iris Tió 86.9281 88.6667 175.5948
11 Belarus Vasilina Khandoshka & Daria Kulagina 87.2101 87.8000 175.0101
12 Mexico Nuria Diosdado & Joana Jiménez 86.6190 86.5667 173.1857

Team Recap

In the team event final, which took place three nights later on Saturday, Romashina and Kolesnichenko joined their six ROC teammates and added a second gold with a final score of 196.0979, outscoring the Chinese team by just over one point in the technical routine and 1.5 points in the free routine.

Six of the eight ROC team members were also gold medalists in Rio, led by Romashina, who won her seventh career Olympic gold medal with the win and announced that she’ll be retiring after the event.

“I can’t say that they’re different, but I can say that the sixth and the seventh medal were the difficult-est in my life,” Romashina said, according to the official Olympic release. “I became a mother and it was very difficult to be a mother and athlete at one moment.”

Romashina joins Caeleb Dressel, Usain Bolt and Ray Ewry as athletes to have won seven Olympic gold medals without ever claiming silver or bronze.

“I’m very, very happy about this medal. I understand that it will be my last Olympic Games as an athlete. I understand that maybe it’s my last competition. I don’t know yet, but maybe.”

“I just want to have a rest now. It was a crazy two years, and I just want to be with my family now.”

For China, it was a third consecutive silver medal, while the Ukrainians, who had won their first-ever artistic (formerly synchronized) swimming medal in the duet, doubled up with another bronze in the team event.

The Greek team was forced to withdraw after four of their athletes tested positive for COVID-19.

Artistic Swimming – Team Results

Rank Nation Athletes Technical Free Total
1 ROC Vlada Chigireva, Marina Goliadkina, Svetlana Kolesnichenko, Polina Komar, Alexandra Patskevich, Svetlana Romashina, Alla Shishkina, Maria Shurochkina 97.2979 98.8000 196.0979
2 China Feng Yu, Guo Li, Huang Xuechen, Liang Xinping, Sun Wenyan, Wang Qianyi, Xiao Yanning, Yin Chengxin 96.2310 97.3000 193.5310
3 Ukraine Maryna Aleksiiva, Vladyslava Aleksiiva, Marta Fiedina, Kateryna Reznik, Anastasiya Savchuk, Alina Shynkarenko, Kseniya Sydorenko, Yelyzaveta Yakhno 94.2685 96.0333 190.3018
4 Japan Juka Fukumura, Yukiko Inui, Moeka Kijima, Okina Kyogoku, Mayu Tsukamoto, Akane Yanagisawa, Mashiro Yasunaga, Megumu Yoshida 93.3773 94.9333 188.3106
5 Italy Beatrice Callegari, Domiziana Cavanna, Linda Cerruti, Francesca Deidda, Costanza Di Camillo, Costanza Ferro, Gemma Galli, Enrica Piccoli 91.3372 92.8000 184.1372
6 Canada Emily Armstrong, Rosalie Boissonneault, Andrée-Anne Côté, Camille Fiola-Dion, Claudia Holzner, Audrey Joly, Halle Pratt, Jacqueline Simoneau 91.4992 92.5333 184.0325
7 Spain Ona Carbonell, Berta Ferreras, Meritxell Mas, Alisa Ozhogina, Paula Ramírez, Sara Saldaña, Iris Tió, Blanca Toledano 90.3780 91.5333 181.9113
8 Egypt Laila Ali, Nora Azmy, Hanna Hiekal, Maryam Maghraby, Farida Radwan, Nehal Saafan, Shahd Samer, Jayda Sharaf 77.9147 80.0000 157.9147
9 Australia Carolyn Rayna Buckle, Hannah Burkhill, Kiera Gazzard, Alessandra Ho, Kirsten Kinash, Rachel Presser, Emily Rogers, Amie Thompson 75.6351 77.3667 153.0018
Greece Maria Alzigkouzi Kominea, Eleni Fragkaki, Krystalenia Gialama, Pinelopi Karamesiou, Andriana Misikevych, Evangelia Papazoglou, Evangelia Platanioti, Georgia Vasilopoulou DNS

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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