The first team competition finished in Városliget, not surprisingly Russia won the gold medal. China took the second place, the bronze went to Japan.
Russia have now won all six editions of the team technical routine at the World Championships. Russian dominance can be declared officially, as they won this event very confidently receiving over 96 points.
“First of all we would like to thank the Chinese and Japanese team for the competition, as well as Budapest for this amazing venue.
Vlada Chigireva and Maria Shurochkina were also part of the winning team two years ago. Both of them were in the squad in 2013 and have now won their third world title in this event. When journalists asked what could be the peek of their performance Chigireva simly replied, “Perfection has no limits”.
This year, they are competing in a new line-up, "Preparing is always difficult, especially for new girls, as they have to reach the level of others. However, with this result, they succeeded and they became good team-mates.”
China claimed silver, their fourth one in this event at the World Championships. They took bronze in 2009 and silver in 2011 and 2015. The Chinese hope to break the Russian hegemony in the team free routine.
"First of all we must learn from Russians, secondly, the most important thing is to bring the best out of ourselves. Budapest is a very beautiful venue for the World Championships, it helps us to compete better”.
China equalled Spain with four medals in this event at the World Championships, second most behind Russia (6). Guo Li was also part of the team claiming silver in 2011 and 2015 and became the most successful Chinese swimmer in this event.
Japan finished third – just like in Rio –, repeating their result from two years ago. They claimed silver in 2007.
"We are very happy with this bronze, our primary goal was to get a medal, we did it. In Rio it was self-evident that we would win a medal with that team, but the present performance of this new lineup is a reassuring result."
It was the first time this event featured the very same participants on the podium at successive World Championships.
1. Russian Federation (96,0109)
2. People's Republic of China (94,2165)
3. Japan (93,1590)