Russia Dominates Synchronized Swimming, Wins 7 of 9 Possible Golds

Team Russia absolutely dominated synchronized swimming last week at the 2017 FINA World Championships, winning seven golds out of a possible nine.

The only two events in which Russia did not win gold were the mixed duet technical and the women’s free combination, though Russia did not actually enter a team in the latter event. They won silver in the mixed duet technical behind Italy, while China won the women’s free combo.


1 Russia 7 1 0 8
2 China 1 4 0 5
3 Italy 1 1 0 2
4 Spain 0 2 0 2
5 Ukraine 0 1 5 6
6 Japan 0 0 2 2
6 USA 0 0 2 2

China and Italy were the only other nations to pick up gold in synchronized swimming, with China earning the title of second-best this summer, earning four silvers. Spain earned two silvers and Ukraine one, while the latter took home five bronzes. Japan and the USA rounded out the field with two bronzes each.

Believe it or not, this is actually one less gold than they won at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan. Two years ago, Russia picked up eight of the possible nine golds, with their one silver coming in the mixed duet technical final, as Aleksandr Maltsev and Darina Valitova fell to American duo Christina Jones and Bill May.

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About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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