Russia maintained their perfect record in the Team Free event at the World Championships as they collected their sixth consecutive world title in this event on Friday. China claimed silver and bronze went to Ukraine.
In the past couple of years synchro became faster, and more challenging, but the Russians believe that perfection has no limit.
“If you believe in yourself, you can be strong enough to achieve anything. There are no limits to reach the peak", begins the press conference and sport assessment by Vlad Chigireva.
In the past couple of years synchro became faster and more challenging, yet Russians believe perfection has no limits.
“If you believe in yourself, you can be strong enough to achieve anything. There are no limits to reach the peak", Vlad Chigireva said to begin the press conference and evaluate the performance.
Russian synchro-swimmers win one gold after the other here in the Városliget and more and more fans are visiting the venue day by day to cheer them.
“Of course, Russian flags and cheering throngs give a lot of power. Yet, the World Championships provide us a great opportunity to be together and unite. Although in water we are opponents, in fact we are all very much similar”, replied Maria Shurockhina very kindly and diplomatically.
Russia amassed a total score of 97.3000, the lowest total score by a winning team in this event in history of the World Championships. In 2013, Russia took gold with 97.4000.
Vlada Chigireva (RUS) and Maria Shurochkina (RUS) both claimed their third world title in this event. They were also part of Russia's winning team in 2013 and 2015.
Compared to Rio, we made a whole new routine in the team, which was presumably quite a challenge for the national team.
"We've decided together about the new routine as we wanted to create a new image. We aimed at getting closer to nature with this new "shamanic" theme. Each team member is a piece of the puzzle, if a jigsaw piece is exchanged, the resulting image will be new".
Only Aleksandra Patskevich (RUS, 4), Alla Shishkina (RUS, 4) and Angelika Timanina (RUS, 4) have collected more world titles in the team free routine than Chigireva (3) and Shurochkina (3).
China finished in second place to join Spain on a record three silver medals in this event at the World Championships. Spain was the runner-up in 2007, 2009 and 2013 while China claimed silver in 2011, 2015 and 2017. Yesterday they won the qualifier and the first question directed to them was related to this issue.
“First of all, I would like to congratulate the Russian team on winning. We are satisfied with the result because we had five weeks to prepare for the competition. Our skills have been acknowledged by everyone. The most important thing for us is to show our best to everyone”, summarized Xinping Liang.
Third placed Ukraine claimed their second podium spot in this event at the World Championships, following their bronze medal in 2013.
“We were in a very difficult position after the Olympics, as there were only three members from the Rio team, who were ready to work hard to reach a higher level. Thanks to the support of our coaches, we are on the right track. After Rio we were trying to figure out where human limits could be, but we always find some new inspiration which leads us forward”, replied Anna Voloshyna with satisfaction and a broad smile.
Since 2015 the coach of the Ukrainian national team has been the Spanish expert Anna Tarrés, ladies consider her a great coach and they believe she has helped them a great deal to get to this level.
Team Free routine:
1. Russia (97,3000)
2. China (95,2333)
3. Ukraine (93,9333)