OLYMPICS China take first gold in artistic swimming at FINA World Championships

OLYMPICS

China take first gold in artistic swimming at FINA World Championships

CGTN

18:32, June 20, 2022

Chinese artistic swimmers pose with their gold medals at the award ceremony of the 19th FINA World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, June 19, 2022. (Photo: CFP)

China claimed two medals, a gold and a bronze, at the 19th FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary on Sunday.

Chinese artistic swimmers, 25-year-old twins Wang Liuyi and Wang Qianyi won the Women Technical Duet title with a score of 93.7536 points.

Chinese artistic swimming duo Wang Liuyi and Wang Qianyi compete in the final at the 19th FINA World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, June 19, 2022. (Photo: CFP)

"We performed better than we did at the qualifiers after two days of preparation. I am very satisfied (with the result)," Wang Liuyi said.

"Our two hearts are together as long as we participate in duo programs," she added. "We are very honored to represent China, and I feel that the competition makes us closer and better demonstrate our levels. I am so happy."

Her sister, Wang Qianyi said, "we delivered our levels in training. The scores and our self-evaluation are better. I think we enjoy the platform more after several competitions."

Ukrainian sisters Maryna and Vladyslava Aleksiiva got the silver medal, with a score of 91.8617 points, while Anna-Maria and Eirini Alexandria from Austria narrowly came third with a score of 91.2622 points.

China's Zhang Yufei competes during the women's 100m butterfly at the 19th FINA World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, June 19, 2022. (Photo: CFP)

The other highlight of the day was Tokyo Olympic silver medalist Zhang Yufei winning a bronze medal in the women's 100m butterfly event with 56.41 seconds.

U.S. swimmer Torri Huske won the race in 55.64 seconds, ahead of Marie Wattel from France, who clocked 56.14.

In the men's 100m breaststroke, Nicolo Martinenghi of Italy won the gold with a time of 58.26 while Dutch Arno Kamminga and American Nic Fink followed in second and third respectively.

Caeleb Dressel of the United States finished first in the men's 50m butterfly and his compatriot Alex Walsh won in the women's 200m individual medley.

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