Russians Maltsev, Kolesnichenko, and Romashina were named 2021 Best Artistic Swimmers of the Year by FINA: all three previously won this honor multiple times.
Russian athletes won double gold in artistic swimming for the sixth consecutive Olympics, with Svetlana Romashina retiring after winning a seventh gold.
Russia has so far collected 11 gold, 4 silver, and 5 silver medals and lead the team standings heading into the pool swimming portion.
A total of 15 medals saw Russia coming away with the highest tally as the artistic swimming leg of the European Championships comes to a close
Russia was the first to ‘arrive’ to Tokyo among the European synchro swimmers by winning the team event at the LEN Artistic (Synchronised) Swimming Champions Cup in St. Petersburg.
The second day of the LEN Artistic Swimming Champions Cup saw a power demonstration from the host Russians as they clinched all three titles and added a bronze since both of their duets made the podium.
For a bit of surprise, only one of the two titles on offer on the opening day stayed at home at the LEN Artistic (Synchronized) Swimming Champions Cup in St. Petersburg. The Russians won the Team Technical but Spain bettered them in the Highlights events.
The fourth leg of the FINA Artistic Swimming World Series 2019 came to an end tonight in Tokyo, Japan, as Russian stars Svetlana Kolesnichenko and Svetlana Romashina, both Olympic and World champions, displayed their best form over the three-day competition from April 27-29.
Team Russia clinched nine gold medals out of ten available this weekend in Kazan, Russia, as the experienced host city staged the third leg of the FINA Artistic Swimming World Series 2019 for the first time since the inception of the annual competition in 2017.
Sjostrom won the women’s award for the 2nd-straight year.
Svetlana Romashina, four-time FINA synchronized swimmer of the year, plans to come out of retirement to buoy Russia’s already-dominant synchronized swimming program.
Russia won gold in 8 of 9 synchronized swimming events in a dominant 2018 European Championships.
Russia won yet another synchro gold on day 7 in Budapest.
Russian Svetlana Kolesnichenko won her third gold of the competition on day 6.
Russia continued to dominate the synchro scene on day 5 at the World Championships.