World Championships Diary, Gwangju, July 13, 2019: Kolesnichenko Claims Gold

Svetlana Kolesnichenko claimed another gold medal in artistic swimming. Photo Courtesy: deepbluemedia

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The the 2019 World Championships in Aquatics is underway in Gwangju, Korea, this evening. Each day through the event, Swimming World will bring you a round-up of news items in brief beyond our main coverage in our World Championships Diary.

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The swimming portion of worlds is set for next week with teams in preparation for the competition. Swimming World caught up with several athletes in their preparation. Read more about Hali Flickinger‘s body transformation, Siobhan Haughey‘s rise globally, Olivia Smoliga‘s motivation and Andrew Wilson‘s rise from a Division III swimmer to the national team.

And of course, check out all of the race predictions here.

Kolesnikov arriving late

The world record holder in the 50 backstroke, Kliment Kolesnikov, will miss the gathering of the Russian national team in Osaka, Japan, before the World Aquatics Championships and will arrive at the event in South Korea separately from the others, his coach told RIA Novosti.

Kolesnikov did not take part in the gathering of the national team in the Far East, because after health problems he was waiting for admission to participate in the World Cup. On July 10, most of the Russian team flew to Osaka, where the country’s final gathering is taking place.

Artistic Swimming

Svetlana Kolesnichenko claims gold

The Artistic Swimming competition taking place in the Yeomju Gymnasium commenced with the finals for the Technical Solo event this evening in Gwangju, Korea. After yesterday’s preliminary round which saw 28 soloists compete, the top twelve athletes qualified for tonight’s final. Heavy favorite and reigning world champion Russia’s Svetlana Kolesnichenko continued her dominance in the Artistic Swimming world by earning 95.0023 points to claim the gold medal.

Swimming to the song “Survivor”, the theme song from the movie Lara Croft, Kolesnichenko’s routine depicted the athletic female warrior popularized in the series. This is her 14th world championship gold medal, to which she may be adding as she will be competing in four more events this week.

Check out more results here.

Open water

U.S. Duo reflects on 5K finish

U.S. National Team member Michael Brinegar (Columbus, Ind./Mission Viejo Nadadores) was the top-American finisher in the Men’s 5K Open Water competition where he placed 12th in a time of 53:37.1. Brennan Gravley (Las Vegas, Nev./Sandpipers of Nevada) finished in 14th place in a time of 53:37.8.

“It’s a really good learning experience. I know what I can do better for each open water swim that I have. It was just a really rough race and it was kind of good finishing in the top 20 so I’m happy with that,” Brinegar said. “The last lap was the first time I saw (Brennan), and it just gave me the motivation to keep going. I had fallen way back and seeing him keep going really helped me to get motivation to push myself harder. I think we kind of used each other to push each other at the end.”

Gravley’s overall thoughts on his 5K race: “It was pretty good. I think if I positioned myself a little bit better from the start, I would have been able to get higher. From what I heard from the coaches, they were telling me that (Brinegar) and I moved up a lot on the last lap. For my first Worlds, I’ll definitely take it. It was really cool.”

Check out the 5K full coverage here.


British team reflects on silver

Jack Laugher and Dan Goodfellow won Great Britain’s first medal of the 2019 World Aquatics Championships in South Korea on Saturday night, clinching silver in the Men’s 3m Synchro.

The Brits delivered a beautiful front 4½ somersault tuck (109C) with both poise and panache to bag 86.64 points, their best score of the competition, to secure silver. China ultimately took gold with a 439.74 point haul, with the Mexicans taking bronze. “Job done! I mean this year has been a bit ropey for both of us – we’ve had some good highs but real lows as well, so to do that here, qualify that Olympic spot and get a silver medal, it means the world to us. This is Dan’s first World Championships medal and my first World silver as well, so for both of us we’re really pleased,” Laugher said.

Goodfellow added: “I knew we were capable of doing it but actually putting a performance together is something we’re really proud of – it’s unbelievable really. We’ve had a lot of bad performances throughout the World Series and maybe without them we wouldn’t have achieved what we did today. Qualifying a space for the Olympics is amazing.”

Check out the full diving day coverage here.

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