2012 London Olympics, Synchronized Swimming: Russia Leads Duet Free Preliminary Competition

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LONDON, England, August 6. RUSSIA is in a good position to win its fourth straight Olympic gold medal in the duet event after dominating the duet free preliminary routine competition in synchronized swimming at the 2012 London Olympics.

Russia has already won the 2000 Sydney, 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing gold medals in the event, and led the way out of prelims with a nearly four-point lead after compiling a total tally of 196.800, including its technical routine total.

Russia, China, Spain, Canada, Japan, Ukraine, Italy, Greece, Great Britain, USA, France and Korea have all qualified for the finals. The 12 duets will be awarded medals on technical merit and artistic impression.

Quick notes on duet free prelims:

– Natalia ISHCHENKO/Svetlana ROMASHINA (RUS) finished first in the preliminaries with 196.800, and they are solidly swimming towards their fourth duet's Olympic gold and fifth synchronized swimming gold medal overall.
– Chinese duo HUANG Xuechen/LIU Ou will try to win China's first medal in the duet event, after finishing second in the preliminaries with 192.810.
– Andrea FUENTES FACHE/Ona CARBONELL BALLESTERO (ESP) were surpassed in the technical and free routines by the Chinese duo, finishing third with 192.590. However, they still have a chance to come back in the free routine finals and confirm the silver Spain won in Beijing.
– Marie Pier BOUDREAU GAGNON/Elise MARCOTTE (CAN) finished fourth in both the technical routine with 94.500 and free routine with 94.750, overall 189.250.
– Yukiko INUI/Chisa KOBAYASHI (JPN) finished fifth with 93.200 in both the technical and free preliminaries and will try to defend their position and not sink any further in the final ranking. Their current overall score is 186.400.
– Jenna RANDALL/Olivia FEDERICI (GBR) will try to surpass their personal best (90.667 at the 2009 world championship in Rome) in the free finals, after scoring only 88.790 in the free preliminaries.

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