Italy and Ukraine cap impressive week of artistic swimming with gold medals on final day
2022 FINA WORLD AQUATIC CHAMPIONSHIPS
Final Medal Table, Artistic Swimming
The last two artistic swimming competitions ended on Saturday at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
Giorgio Minisini and Lucrezia Ruggiero started the final day winning their second gold medal of the week in the mixed duet free, which allowed Italy to finish with the most points and claim the overall winners title. . This is the first gold medal in this event for Minisini, who won bronze in 2015 and silver at the last two Worlds. The duo scored 90.9667 points to take the podium, just over a point ahead of Japanese brothers Tomoka Sato and Yotaro Sato (89.7333). Chinese pair Haoyu Shi and Yiyao Zhang won bronze with 88.4 points, marking the country’s first medal in a mixed duet event. The podium continued China’s medal streak in every event it entered at the Worlds.
Ukraine also won a medal in every event they entered, a streak they capped off with a gold medal in the final highlights routine. The reigning European and World champions scored 95.0333 to clinch gold.
“It’s so special for us to represent our country, and we can show our performances and demonstrate our power,” said Maryna Aleksiiva. “It’s an incredible feeling to get on the top step of the podium after this final because it’s the biggest competition of the season and in recent months it’s been very hard for us. We had to leave our country and train overseas away from home, so it’s such an emotional and unique feeling to win a gold medal.
Gold in the showpiece routine gave Ukraine their seventh medal overall – the highest in the country’s history and tied this week with Japan – but China still edged them in the medal table thanks to four gold medals. Italy took silver in the highlight routine with a score of 92.2667, winning the competition’s fifth national medal. Spain completed the podium with a bronze medal, the country’s first medal of the week.
In Friday’s team freestyle final, the Chinese team scored 96.7 points to break through with a gold medal after clinching silver at the last three Worlds. Ukraine and Japan took silver and bronze respectively. American Anita Alvarez was ultimately ruled out of Friday’s team final after there was initially a possibility that she would return after fainting and sinking to the bottom of the pool in the free solo final of Wednesday. The Americans placed 9th out of 12 teams.