Svetlana Romashina, Huang Xuechen, Ona Carbonell
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BARCELONA, Spain, July 20. WITH the undisputed Queen of Synchro Natalia Ishchenko taking a year off, her former teammate Svetlana Romashina started off the 2013 FINA World Championships right by capturing gold in the Solo Technical event in Barcelona tonight.

Romashina tallied 96.860 points for the win, followed by China's Huang Xuechen (95.500) and Spain's Ona Carbonell (94.400) on the podium. Romashina collected 48.300 points in execution and 48.500 in overall impression, while Huang totaled 47.700 in execution and 47.800 points for overall impression. Ona Carbonell posted her best outing of the year with 47.200 both in execution and overall impression.

"I have carried the solo event in my heart since 2004, although I admit that it was not easy to substitute Ishchenko," Romashina said after her win.

Carbonell rode the wave of host nation support to her best performance of the year, improving on her 94.200 from prelims. "It?s the best technical score I?ve got this year."

"I have done my best to win the gold medal, but it is very difficult to reach Russia," Hueng said after her finale.

"It was a tough day. I will participate in 13 events which is physically and mentally tough. I look forward to competing in the solo free and aim to win the silver medal. Special thanks to the crowd, which has motivated me a lot" Carbonell said later in a press conference.

Results: FINA World Championships, Synchro: Day One