Russian Synchro Swimmers Continue To Shine On Day 2 In Budapest


After synchronized swimming got underway Friday in Budapest with the women’s solo and duet technical prelims, the solo technical final and the mixed duet technical prelims took place Saturday.

Russian Svetlana Kolesnichenko won gold in the solo technical final, scoring 95.2036 to win by over 1.5 points. That is her tenth World Championship gold medal. She takes over the mantle from fellow Russian Svetlana Romashina, who won the last two solo technical events and has a grand total of 18 World Championship golds to go along with five Olympic gold medals. Romashina announced her retirement earlier this year.

Ona Carbonell of Spain repeated her silver medal from Kazan with a score of 93.6534, and Ukraine’s Anna Voloshyna won bronze with 91.9992.


  1. Svetlana Kolesnichenko, RUS, 95.2036
  2. Ona Carbonell, ESP, 93.6534
  3. Anna Voloshyna, UKR, 91.9992
  4. Yukiko Inui, JPN, 91.7490
  5. Jacqueline Simoneau, CAN, 89.5000

The Americans are the defending champions in the mixed duet event, and have one returning member from that gold medal winning team in Kazan in 38-year-old Bill May. May first won an international medal back in 1998, a silver, at the Goodwill Games. The veteran was joined by Kanako Spendlove in the prelims, qualifying 3rd overall with a score of 87.9086.

Leading the way was Russia, the 2015 runners-up, with a score of 88.4847. Aleksandr Maltsev was on that team two years ago, and he’s joined by Mikhaela Kalancha who joined him for gold at the European Championships last year. Kalancha also has a pair of World Championships gold medals in Free Combination from 2013 and 2015.

Italy qualified 2nd overall with 88.2492, and Japan sits 4th with 84.8153.

Mixed Duet Technical Finalists

  1. Russia (Maltsev, Kalancha), 88.4847
  2. Italy (Flamini, Minisini), 88.2492
  3. United States (May, Spendlove), 87.9086
  4. Japan (Abe, Adachi), 84.8153
  5. Spain (Ribes, Ferreras Sanz), 83.4865
  6. Canada (Rampling, Prevost), 81.333

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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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