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Russia takes gold in mixed duet free artistic swimming at Gwangju worlds

Xinhua | Updated: 2019-07-20 20:27
Mayya Gurbanberdieva (R)/Aleksandr Maltsev of Russia compete during the mixed duet free final of artistic swimming event at the Gwangju 2019 FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea on July 20, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]

GWNAGJU, South Korea - Russia's mixed duo took a gold medal in the duet free artistic swimming at the 18th FINA World Championships on the South Korean city of Gwangju on Saturday.

Mayya Gurbanberdieva and Aleksandr Maltsev finished in 92.9667 points in the mixed duet free final, 1.1334 ahead of Manila Flamini and Giorgio Minisini of Italy who claimed silver. Japan's Yumi Adachi and Atsushi Abe came away with bronze with 90.4000.

Giorgio Minisini (L)/Manila Flamini of Italy compete during the mixed duet free final of artistic swimming event at the Gwangju 2019 FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea on July 20, 2019.[Photo/Xinhua]

Maltsev became the first male artistic swimmer to secure two golds at the world championships. He captured gold in the mixed duet technical, teaming up with Gurbanberdieva on Monday.

Since the mixed duet artistic swimming was adopted at the 2015 Kazan world championships, Maltsev has won the three duet free titles, including the one in Gwangju, paired with different Russian partners.

Cheng Wentao (top)/Shi Haoyu of China compete during the mixed duet free final of artistic swimming event at the Gwangju 2019 FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea on July 20, 2019.[Photo/Xinhua]

Chinese mixed tandem Shi Haoyu and Cheng Wentao sealed sixth with 85.6667 among 11 competitors.

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