Svetlana Kolesnichenko and Alexandra Patskevich clinched the nation’s fifth gold medal in synchronised swimming at the 17th FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
Kolesnichenko has now clinched one gold less compared to her total haul in Kazan two years ago. Kolesnichenko claimed four gold medals in Barcelona in 2013, also. The only person to win more gold medals in synchronised swimming at a single World Championships edition than Kolesnichenko's five from Kazan was Natalia Ishchenko's (RUS) six in Shanghai in 2011.
Kolesnichenko has collected 16 World Championships gold medals so far and is now six shy of the record in synchronised swimming. Svetlana Romashina (RUS) has won 22.
At the press conference concerning her 1st place finish she said: "I worked really hard on this. I practised 10-12 hours a day to reach this result. I really appreciate all my coaches' work."
The Chinese team has a new consultant Ana Tarres, who instructed them on prepairing their choreography. "Anna's hints were important, but our Chinese coach had the last word. Many thanks to all who helped us make it."
"Trainings were rather hard and we knew the expectations were high. Compared to that now it is way easier, we are enjoying the Championships very much especially because there are significantly fewer training sessions than in the preparation period."
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