Russians Win Team Free Final, Qualify 1st In Mixed Duet Free


Russia continued their utter dominance in synchronized swimming on the 8th day of competition, winning another gold in the team free final and qualifying 1st for the final of the mixed duet free.

The Russians won the team free final with a score of 97.3000, topping China (95.2333), Ukraine (93.9333) and Japan (93.1000).

Russia now owns six of the seven gold medals handed out thus far, with two events to go tomorro.w

Team Free Final

  1. Russia, 97.3000
  2. China, 95.2333
  3. Ukraine, 93.9333
  4. Japan, 93.1000
  5. Italy, 91.7000
  6. Spain, 90.7000

Later on in the mixed duet free preliminaries Mikhaela Kalancha and Aleksander Maltsev, who combined for silver earlier in the mixed duet technical, led the way with a score of 92.000.

Gold medalist from that event Giorgio Minisini was joined by a new partner in Mariangela Perrupato, as the Italians qualified 2nd overall in 90.8333. Kanako Spendlove and Bill May, who won bronze in the mixed duet technical, found themselves in third once again with a score of 88.0333. Japan and Spain follow in 4th and 5th.

Mixed Duet Free Finalists

  1. Russia (Kalancha, Maltsev), 92.0000
  2. Italy (Minisini, Perrupato), 90.8333
  3. USA (Spendlove, May), 88.0333
  4. Japan (Adachi, Abe), 86.9333
  5. Spain (Ribes, Ferreras Sanz), 85.5000
  6. Canada (Rampling, Prevost), 830667
  7. Brazil (Souza, Stephan), 80.4000
  8. China (Sheng, Shi), 76.5333
  9. Germany (Ebert, Stoepel), 73.9667
  10. Greece (Kofidi, Gkortsilas), 69.7333
  11. Panama (Bello Acosta, Pinto), 60.2000


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Russia loves the sport. I’m surprise its not more popular in the US and the mixed idea is great since I remember years ago I guy was on the women’s team. If it worked better with a mixed category.


Russia uses irs ballet & diving traditions to get an unworldly artistic athletic mix ( plus they clearly discriminate on looks & body shape ) . As a society they love glamour & It is perfectly natural for them to be attracted to bedazzling sports . If its sequins & make up they are on top of the world – ice skating , synchro , rhythmic .

I love Bill May too & will never forget that wonderful entrance in Kazan . Hope he reads that!

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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