China and Ukraine both made history today during the Team Free Combo final.
In the absence of Russia, China and the Ukraine got a great opportunity to complete their silver and bronze tally with shinier ones. The favourites didn’t miss out on their chance: China won their first gold in the history of synchronized swimming World Championships, and Ukraine reached their best ever result with the silver medals. Japan finished in the third place.
“First of all, we would like to say a big „Thank you!” to FINA and all other teams for the tournament and participation. The competition was long and exhausting, but it allows for significant improvement. We learned a lot and gained some valuable experience. Our performance was improving constantly, everything was smooth and we did well round by round.” – said the Chinese swimmers during the press-conference after the final.
“Every synchro swimmer shares a dream: to stand on the top of the podium. In order to do so we need to stick together in our team and to help each other. We would like to thank our teammates and coaches for their continuous support. We really love each other and wish all the best to everybody.”
“We are really happy that the Championships are over for us – personally for me today was the 14th routine and it is extremely tiring.” – told Anna Voloshyna, who won 5 bronze medals in Budapest already before the historical silver one.
"We started to work on our programme after the World Championships in Barcelona in 2013. I think, we did a great job. We used the music from the Beauty and the Beast, thanks to that we had the chance to prepare a more characteristic and a more elegant routine. Overall, we can say our team worked hard and we are really happy with our silver medals.”
“We had some happy and some sad moments at the same time during this tournament. We had some performances we are delighted about and there were some which shall be improved. We have to develop a lot until the Olympics in Tokyo.” – the Japanese team members concluded.
Team Combo Final routine:
1. China (96,1000)
2. Ukraine (94,0000)
3. Japan (93,2000)