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As expected Russia have won both gold medals in the synchronized swimming events of the 2016 Olympics. (Image: fina.org)

As expected Russia have won both gold medals in the synchronized swimming events of the 2016 Olympics.

In the duet competition top favourite Russian pair Natalia Ischenko and Svetlana Romashina showed an almost perfect performance for the music of Michael Erimpan, and deserved the first place. Huang Xuechen and Sun Wenyan from China finished second, while Yukiko Inui and Risako Mitsui third.

“Not much goes through our head during the routine apart from counting to be synchronised with the music. Gymnastic and synchronised swimming are both very popular in Russia because we have the best coaches. From a very young age, girls start the sport with the best coaches out there” – Natalia Ischenko commented the duet event.

(Image: fina.org)

30-year-old Ischenko and Romashina also celebrated the team gold for Russia three days later. China grabbed second and Japan third place.

"We cried after the performance, you could say we were bawling, because we understood perfectly that we executed our programme well. We watched the underwater shots and saw that the lifts and the synchrony worked out, so we understood that everything went well. There were so many tears and we were feeling so much relief and happiness that we did everything" – Romasina said.

Russia failed to win any of the synchronized swimming events in the Olympics last time in 1996, when Team USA finished on first place in the team event.

Russia will be the favourite in the 2017 FINA World Championships in Hungary as well.

(fina.org, swimswam.com)