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Russian duo wins women’s duet technical synchronized swimming at Worlds

The Russian duo of Alexandra Patskevich and Svetlana Kolesnichenko won the women’s duet technical synchronized swimming title on Sunday.

Their win gives Russia its third gold medal of the world swimming championships, which started this weekend in Budapest.

Patskevich and Kolesnichenko scored a 94.0775 to defeat runner-ups Jiang Wenwen and Jiang Tingting of China by 0.974 points.

Ukraine’s Yelyzaveta Yakhno and Anna Voloshyna won the bronze medal.

This marks Kolesnichenko’s 14th overall gold medal at the world championships, equaling Anastasia Davydova’s tally. Only compatriots Svetlana Romashina (22) and Natalia Ishchenko (20) have won more.

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Meanwhile, in other events at the world championships, France’s Aurelie Muller won the 10K open water swimming title. The defending world champion had a disappointing performance at the Rio Olympics last summer, where she was disqualified and stripped of her silver medal for colliding with Italy’s Rachele Bruni at the end.

Muller finished in 2 hours and 13.70 seconds, beating Samantha Arevalo of Ecuador by 3.30 seconds. Italy’s Arianna Bridi and Brazil’s Marcela Ana Cunha shared bronze. Both were 3.50 behind.

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