Russians Win Mixed Duet Free, Close Synchro Worlds With Seven Golds


The final day of synchronized swimming (which was renamed ‘artistic swimming’ today) saw the Russian pair of Aleksandr Maltsev and Mikhaela Kalancha claim gold in the Mixed Duet Free final, giving the Russians their 7th gold of the competition.

The two compiled a score of 92.6000, edging out the Italian pair of Giorgio Minisini and Mariangela Perrupato (91.1000). Americans Bill May and Kanako Spendlove (88.7667) took 3rd to make the podium identical to the one in the Mixed Duet Technical, just with the Russians and Italians flip-flopped.

Mixed Duet Free Final

  1. Russia (Maltsev, Kalancha), 92.6000
  2. Italy (Minisini, Perrupato), 91.1000
  3. United States (May, Spendlove), 88.7667
  4. Japan (Abe, Adachi), 88.0000
  5. Spain (Ribes, Ferreras Sanz), 85.7333
  6. Canada (Rampling, Prevost), 83.5667

With no Russian team entered, China won the Team Free Combination gold medal with a score of 96.1000, followed by the Ukraine and Japan.

Team Free Combination Final

  1. China, 96.1000
  2. Ukraine, 94.0000
  3. Japan, 93.2000
  4. Italy, 91.6667
  5. Spain, 90.6667
  6. Mexico, 88.7333

Russia finishes with seven golds and eight medals, while China sits 2nd on the medal table with five total.

Final Synchronized Swimming Medal Table

Rank Federation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Russian FederationRussian Federation 7 1 0 8
2 People's Republic of ChinaPeople’s Republic of China 1 4 0 5
3 ItalyItaly 1 1 0 2
4 SpainSpain 0 2 0 2
5 UkraineUkraine 0 1 5 6
6 United States of AmericaUnited States of America 0 0 2 2
6 JapanJapan 0 0 2 2

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About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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