Russia’s Natalia Ishchenko proved unstoppable again in women’s synchronised swimming, winning her third title at the Shanghai world championships with victory in the solo free final on Wednesday.
Ishchenko, who had already won the solo technical and then the duet technical with Svetlana Romashina in the main pool of the Oriental Sports Centre, won her 13th world championships gold in total when she scored 98.550 points.Spain’s Andrea Fuentes, who had secured three bronze medals in the competition so far, won silver on 96.520, while China’s Sun Wenyan clinched bronze on 95.840 points.
Title for Gianniotis
Greek swimmer Spyros Gianniotis dethroned German title-holder Thomas Lurz to win the 10km crown.
Gianniotis, who has repeatedly lost out to Lurz, the unofficial king of open water swimming, finally topped the podium after touching in 1hr 54min 24.7sec in baking conditions at Jinshan City Beach.
"I've trained several years for that. It feels good," he said.
Michael Phelps returned to China onWednesday looking for the form that swept him into the history books at the Beijing Olympics, as a major doping row clouded the world championships.
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