Svetlana Romashina
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BARCELONA, Spain, July 24. THE only thing synchronized during today's solo free routine proved to be the podium order from the solo technical routine as the same three athletes repeated their podium poses this evening at the FINA World Championships.

Russia's Svetlana Romashina turned in a dominant performance with 97.340 points for her third gold medal of the meet thus far. China's Huang Xuechen finished second with 95.720 points, while hometown favorite Ona Carbonell of Spain claimed bronze with 94.290 points.

Romashina had already captured gold in the solo technical and duet technical events earlier this week, and could put together a gold-medal sweep with a win in the duet free competition tomorrow. With the undisputed Queen of Synchro Natalia Ishchenko, she of 16 world titles since 2005, taking the year off, Romashina has stepped into the lead for the Russians in a big way. Ishchenko is the only other swimmer to have pulled down four golds in a single competition, having done so the previous three World Championships.

"I'm very happy with this new gold medal, though I'm starting to feel tired and I still have the duet final tomorrow," Romashina said.

With another gold medal, Romashina could move just one gold behind Ishchenko's record 16 titles as Romashina currently has 14 wins to her name.

Results: FINA World Championships, Synchro: Day Five

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