The teams of Russia and Ukraine controlled operations in the fifth meet of the 2018 FINA Artistic Swimming World Series, staged in Budapest (HUN) on May 18-20. Out of the eight finals contested in the Magyar capital, four gold medals went to Russian athletes, while the remaining four titles went to Ukraine.
Varvara Subbotina (RUS) was the swimmer to watch in the solo finals, earning gold in both the technical and free programmes. Yelyzaveta Yakhno, from Ukraine, was silver medallist on both occasions, while the bronze went to Linda Cerruti (ITA) – the Italian athlete had been in evidence in the previous leg of the circuit, in Samorin (SVK).
In the Duet finals, Yakhno paired successfully with Anastasia Savchuk for a double gold, with silver going this time to the Italian team (Cerruti with Constanza Ferro) and bronze to the Austrian duet formed by the Alexandri sisters (Anna-Maria and Eirini).
Russia prevailed once more in the Team finals (technical and free), with Ukraine finishing second on both occasions. Italy completed the podium in the technical routine, while Israel got bronze in the free programme.
Finally, Ukraine was the best in both the Free Combination and Highlight Routine. These two finals saw new teams on the podium: in the first case, Spain got the silver, followed by Israel, while in the Highlight Routine, the Israeli team was second and Slovakia was on the lowest march of the podium.
The Magyar rendezvous, held in the iconic Duna Arena, the main stage of the 2017 FINA World Championships, completed the first half of the 10-meet World Series. The competition will now stop in Madrid (ESP), on May 25-27.
Medallists in Budapest (HUN)
1. Varvara Subbotina (RUS) 94.1510; 2. Yelyzaveta Yakhno (UKR) 91.0814; 3. Linda Cerruti (ITA) 88.5434
1. Varvara Subbotina (RUS) 95.3330; 2. Yelyzaveta Yakhno (UKR) 92.7999; 3. Linda Cerruti (ITA) 90.5668
1. Anastasia Savchuk/Yelyzaveta Yakhno (UKR) 90.3170; 2. Linda Cerruti/Constanza Ferro (ITA) 88.0272; 3. Anna-Maria Alexandri/Eirini Alexandri (AUT) 85.2773
1. Anastasia Savchuk/Yelyzaveta Yakhno (UKR) 92.2668; 2. Linda Cerruti/Constanza Ferro (ITA) 90.5998; 3. Anna-Maria Alexandri/Eirini Alexandri (AUT) 86.0000
1. Russia 94.6289; 2. Ukraine 92.0168; 3. Italy 88.3951
1. Russia 97.0000; 2. Ukraine 93.3333; 3. Israel 80.6668
1. Ukraine 92.7000; 2. Spain 90.2000; 3. Israel 80.5333
1. Ukraine 93.1333; 2. Israel 79.7333; 3. Slovakia 75.1000
2018 FINA Artistic Swimming World Series Calendar:
1 – Paris-Montreuil (FRA): March 9-11
2 – Beijing (CHN): April 20-22
3 – Tokyo (JPN): April 27-30
4 – Samorin (SVK): May 11-13
5 – Budapest (HUN): May 18-20
6 – Madrid (ESP): May 25-27
7 – Surrey BC (CAN): May 31- June 2
8 – Los Angeles (USA): June 7-9
9 – Syros Island (GRE): June 15-17
10 – Tashkent (UZB): June 29-July 1