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Russia wins 3rd gold at worlds

China’s Ren Qian and Lian Junjie compete en route to winning the mixed 10-meter synchronized platform final during the diving competition at the FINA world championships in Budapest, Hungary, on Saturday. Xie Siyi and Cao Yuan, however, were denied gold in the men’s 3m synchro springboard final as Russia took the title. China was denied a podium in the women’s 1m springboard. — AFP

China’s Ren Qian and Lian Junjie compete en route to winning the mixed 10-meter synchronized platform final during the diving competition at the FINA world championships in Budapest, Hungary, on Saturday. Xie Siyi and Cao Yuan, however, were denied gold in the men’s 3m synchro springboard final as Russia took the title. China was denied a podium in the women’s 1m springboard. — AFP

ALEXANDRA Patskevich and Svetlana Kolesnichenko earned Russia its third gold medal of the world championships by winning the women’s duet technical synchronized swimming title yesterday.

The Russian pair earned a total of 94.0775 points to edge Chinese twins Jiang Wenwen and Jiang Tingting by 0.974 points.

Yelyzaveta Yakhno and Anna Voloshyna claimed the bronze for Ukraine.

Kolesnichenko, who won the solo technical title on Saturday for her first gold in an individual event, claimed her 14th gold overall at the worlds, equaling Anastasia Davydova’s tally. Only compatriots Svetlana Romashina (22) and Natalia Ishchenko (20) have more.

Aurelie Muller of France defended her 10K open water swimming title, making up for her disappointment at the 2016 Olympics, where she was disqualified and stripped of her silver medal for colliding with Italy’s Rachele Bruni at the end.

Muller finished in 2 hours and 13.70 seconds, beating Samantha Arevalo of Ecuador by 3.30 seconds, to make it two golds for France from two open water races after Marc-Antoine Olivier’s men’s 5K title. Italy’s Arianna Bridi and Brazil’s Marcela Ana Cunha shared bronze.

The men’s 1-meter springboard diving final and women’s 10-meter platform synchronized diving final were taking place later yesterday in Budapest.

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