Svetlana Romashina, Svetlana Kolesnichenko
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BARCELONA, Spain, July 21. AS is usually the case, Russia stood atop the podium in synchronized swimming today at the FINA World Championships being held at the Palau Sant Jordi pool today in Barcelona.

Following a world-title winning effort in Solo Technical yesterday, Svetlana Romashina paired with Svetlana Kolesnichenko to earn her second world title of the meet with a tally of 97.300 points. Chinese twins Jiang Tingting and Wenwen captured silver with a total of 94.900 points, while Spain's Ona Carbonell and Margarida Crespi snared bronze with 93.800 points.

Romashina, shining without the shadow of the Queen of Synchro Natalia Ishchenko around this year, could wind up with four total world titles. The 23-year-old is already two-for-two, and will compete in the solo and duet free routine events. She will not take part in the team competitions.

Carbonell is now on the board with a pair of bronze medals after taking second yesterday. That's a nice spark for the host nation's medal count.

Thus far, Russia has won 21 gold medals out of a possible 23 since FINA separated the Technical and Free routines at its World Championships, and has never lost a Technical gold.

Results: FINA World Championships, Synchro: Day Two

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