Twin sisters claim third artistic swimming gold at Worlds

Xinhua | Updated: 2022-06-24 07:53
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China's Wang Liuyi and Wang Qianyi perform during the women's duet free final of the artistic Swimming at the FINA World Championships, Alfred Hajos Swimming Complex, Budapest, Hungary, June 23, 2022. [Photo/Agencies]]

BUDAPEST - Twin sisters Wang Liuyi and Wang Qianyi won the women's duet free title to take China's third gold in artistic swimming at the 19th FINA World Championships on Thursday.

The 25-year-old twins, who also won the women's technical duet and the women's team technical, beat the Ukrainian and Austrian teams with a score of 95.5667 points. The Ukrainian Aleksiiva sisters, Maryna and Vladyslava, got the silver medal with 94.1667, while Anna-Maria and Eirini Alexandria of Austria came third on 92.8000.

"I feel very happy and excited to win the third gold medal for the Chinese artistic swimming team," older sister Wang Liuyi told Xinhua following the final. "The help of the coach and the encouragement of teammates have given us a lot of motivation. We have overcome fatigue and various difficulties. I did very well today and I'm satisfied with my performance."

Wang Qianyi said: "This is the first time for us to compete in both the duet and the team events, so I felt a little bit of pressure."

"In spite of fatigue, we were able to withstand this pressure. I feel very happy," she added.

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