Today the synchronised swimming had the last preliminaries – in the Mixed Duet Free routine started only 11 nations, so they all qualified to the final, which will take place tomorrow.
The main favourites are Russia, Italy, and the USA. After the sensation at the Mixed Duet Technical final, when the Italian duet of Giorgio Minisini and Mariangela Perrupato took the first place, the Russian pair of Mikhaela Kalancha and Aleksandr Maltsev aiming to earn the gold medals in this routine. The pair of Bill May and Kitao Kanako Spendlove is the main contenders for the bronze medals – they secured the third place previously at the Mixed Duet Technical routine.
Russia took the first place today, with the following score – 92.0000. Italy qualified as the second team (90.8333) and the USA finished third, right above Japan – 88.0333 against 86.9333.
“I think that the resistance exists in synchro for males because they don’t have a lot of experience of seeing it, but if they will watch the World Championships and the different FINA competitions, they will get used to it.” – said Bill May.
“Who has chosen this theme for our program, because it’s very flexible, very artistic and it’s one of the most famous themes all around the world and thanks to it we had a great opportunity to showcase the different talents man and woman got during the routine.”
“First I’ve met Giorgio Minisini like 15 years ago, he was a tiny-tiny boy. What he can do in the duet, it’s just amazing. I think all the men here showing their talents in the mixed duet will help the males in synchro to become more accepted.”
“If you look at the scenery, this is the most beautiful pool I’ve ever been to. Everybody is very friendly and very welcoming here and it makes the environment of the Championships even better.”
“The theme of the program is Adam and Eva – the original idea was to perform their story from the beginning until our days. This is the third and final version of it, until February we were working on the first version, but it was a bit more rapid and not so emotional at the same time. Then we made a second version, which was more artistic, but less technical and the last version we’ve finished 30 days ago, so we were a bit worried about how it will go during the competition for us, as it is really new. I think in the final we will be more confident.” – told Giorgio Minisini after their routine.
“I have enjoyed the swim today, during the routine I felt good. In the end, I became tired a bit, so in the final, we will try to be more balanced, as today we had a really strong start. The expectations don’t change, even as we won a gold already. We always try to show our best and then we will see, how it will go.”
“I like the venue a lot with the castle in the background, it’s wonderful. The city is nice as well, the weather also suits us. The organization is very good, even the man, who takes care of the pool is always there on time, he is never late. It would be nice to do another Championship here in Budapest.”
“The theme music is coming from Benny Goodman, this is already a classic of swing, which made the building of this program a lot easier, as it inspires us and we wanted to create something that can match the music. We are aiming to present a decent program always. We started to work on it only in February of this year, it’s brand new, we can see some elements which need to be developed a bit more, as we finished working on it like a month ago.” – said the coach of the Russian duet.
“The organization of the tournament is simply amazing. The pool, the atmosphere, the location – all perfect and this cheers us up. Budapest is wonderful as well, however, we still didn’t see much of the city, as our schedule is tough.” – pointed out Aleksandr Maltsev.
“I agree that the organization is really good, everybody takes care of the swimmers, we have plenty of food and water, for example, it’s really important at such tournaments. The weather is amazing as well.” – agreed with her teammate Mikhaela Kalancha.
“Yes, for the overall organization I can give a five out of five. I also really like the open pool – many swimmers won’t agree with me, but personally, I like the open pools much better.” – told Maltsev.
“The staff is very kind, the people are working here – it’s vital, as we were on many different Championships and this kind of treatment makes a difference for us.” – concluded the coach.