The mixed duet of Mikhaela Kalancha and Aleksandrs Maltsev has won the last final of the synchronized swimming at the City Park in Budapest. After the gold medal in Mixed Technical routine Italy took the second place tonight and the bronze medals went to USA.
Maltsev defended his world champion title, as he won the gold in 2015 in Kazan, but he did it in pair with Darina Valitova, now he managed to take the first place with Mikhaela Kalancha. Russia became the first country to win two gold medals in mixed events. Alexander Maltsev (RUS) became the first swimmer to win multiple gold medals in mixed Synchro events.
“Of course, we are satisfied with the result, but now everything is over and we can relax” - Maltsev summed up after the mixed duet performance.
The Russians take a little comic into their routine, hoping to impress the spectators of the City Park.
“Yes it was the first time we added some comic elements to our programme. We were inspired by people who stay away from fashion and prefer to create their own style. Miss Maksimova, our coach, recommended this music and style. Also, we watched jazz films, listed songs of this style and during our training sessions it was comfortable for us to apply this style and apparently it was successful.”
The Italian duet of Mariangela Perrupato and Giorgio Minissini two years ago finished on the third place in the Mixed Duet Free routine, now they have moved one place forward, taking silver.
“For us the Championships have already taken about two months, that’s when we began our preparations for the event. We are really happy with the result of the Mixed Duet Free. Now we are aiming for the Olympics.”
Mariangele Perrupato talked about the magic of Budapest and Vajdahunyad Castle and she praised the high standard pool.
Bill May and Kristina Lum-Underwood were the second in Kazan after the Russian pair, now May with another partner – Kanako Spendlove – took the third place.
“This Championship showed the development in Mixed duet. We feel that all in all this routine has been acknowledged by now and the Olympics should feature this event as well” – summed up Bill.
“For one thing members of both sexes may enter other disciplines, as well, it is important to have diversity. The mixed duet represents a very different aspect of synchronized swimming, quite different from the usual one, so I think, we must have it in the future as well.”
Tonight the City Park hosted the last synchro competition of the World Championships - it’s magical atmosphere and scenery amazed the American duet.
“This is one of the best pools I’ve ever swum in, amazing place, one we will never forget. We are really grateful to the organizers and the volunteers for their job” – said Kanako Spendlove.
Maltsev, Giorgio Minisini (ITA) and Bill May (USA) are the only swimmers to have won a medal in all four mixed events since they were first held in 2015.
Mixed Duet - Free Routine:
1. Russian Federation (92,000)
2. Italy (90,8333)
3. United States of America (88,0333)