Russia snatch gold from Japan

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  • Saturday, 19 Jul 2003

BARCELONA: Russia's Anastasia Davydova and Anastasia Yermakova swam a routine to the theme of sharks to snatch the duet gold from defending champions Japan in synchronised swimming at the world swimming championships here yesterday.  

WINNING POSE: France's Virginie Dedieu performs en route to winning the synchronised swimming solo final at the World Swimming Championships in Barcelona on Thursday.- AFPpic

The World Cup champions pushed Miya Tachibana and Miho Takeda into the silver medal position with Spain taking their third medal of the championship with bronze. 

The Russians, runners-up two years ago in Japan, earned a string of maximum 10 marks for artistic impression, and all 9.9s for technique during the free routine to the music of the 'Deep Blue.' 

They scored 99.500 points for the free routine to give them a final overall result of 99.084 when it was combined with the results of the technical routine earlier in the week. 

“We were expecting this gold medal,” said Yermakova. “We've been working very hard to achieve something that is attractive to watch and exciting for the spectators.” 

The Russians had unveiled a new programme, and did not compete in the inaugural free routine combination event earlier in the week in order to concentrate on reclaiming the duet title for their country. – AFP  

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