· At the 2015 FINA World Championships Aleksandr Maltsev (RUS) and Darina Valitova (RUS) won the
inaugural edition of the mixed duet free.
· Maltsev will try to retain his title. In Budapest he pairs up with Mihaela Kalancha (RUS).
· Bill May (USA) and Kristina Lum-Underwood (USA) took the silver medal in this event at
the 2015 FINA World Championships. May will now pair with Kanako Spendlove (USA, born Kitao).
· Giorgio Minisini (ITA) and Mariangela Perrupato (ITA) took home the bronze medal for Italy in the
duet free routine two years ago and are both back this year.
· With Sheng Shuwen (CHN) and Shi Haoyu (CHN) China will be represented by a pair in the mixed duet
routine event for the first time.
· Yumi Adachi (JPN) and Atsushi Abe (JPN) compete for Japan. Prior to the Budapest World
Championships, Japan had won medals in all synchro disciplines (solo, duet, team), except in the