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Russia’s golden day continues in Synchronised Swimming

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Monday 15 June

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 15: (L-R) Silver medalist Elitsa Yankova of Bulgaria, gold medalist Mariya Stadnyk of Azerbaijan, bronze medalist Iwona Matkowska of Poland and bronze medalist Valentina Islamova Brik of Russia pose with their medals won in the Women's Freestyle 48kg Wrestling Final during day three of the Baku 2015 European Games at Heydar Aliyev Arena on June 15, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 15: Alina Stadnik Makhynia of Ukraine and Ilana Krtysh of Israel compete in the Women's Freestyle 69kg Wrestling Final during day three of the Baku 2015 European Games at Heydar Aliyev Arena on June 15, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 15: (L-R) Silver medalist Ilana Kratysh of Israel, gold medalist Alina Stadnik Makhynia of Ukraine, bronze medalist Aline Focken of Germany and bronze medalist Natalia Vorobeva of Russia pose with their medals won in the Women's Freestyle 69kg Wrestling Final during day three of the Baku 2015 European Games at Heydar Aliyev Arena on June 15, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 15: Fans of team GB cheer during the Womens' Water Polo Group A match between Great Britain and Israel on day three of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Water Polo Arena on June 15, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 15: Domitilla Picozzi of Italy passes the ball during the Womens' Water Polo Group B match between Italy and Russia on day three of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Water Polo Arena on June 15, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 15: Danica Brazier (L) of Great Britain battles for the ball with Hila Futorian (R) of Israel during the Womens' Water Polo Group A match between Great Britain and Israel on day three of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Water Polo Arena on June 15, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 15: Anja Brandt (C) of Germany leads the celebrations after winning a point during the Women's Volleyball Preliminary Pool B match between Germany and Serbia during day three of the Baku 2015 European Games at Crystal Hall on June 15, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 15: Lise Van Hecke (C) of Belgium hits a spike during the Women's Volleyball Preliminary Pool A match between Belgium and Romania during day three of the Baku 2015 European Games at Crystal Hall on June 15, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 15: Joao Geraldo, Tiago Apolonia, Marcos Freitas and coach of Portugal celebrate winning the gold medal in the Mens Table Tennis Team Final during day three of the Baku 2015 European Games at Baku Sports Hall on June 15, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 15: Marcos Freitas of Portugal competes against Simon Gauzy of France in the Mens Table Tennis Team Final during day three of the Baku 2015 European Games at Baku Sports Hall on June 15, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 15: Stefan Fegerl (L) and Daniel Habesohn of Austria celebrate during the Men's Team Table Tennis bronze medal match against Patrick Baum and Dimitrij Ovtcharov of Germany during day three of the Baku 2015 European Games at Baku Aquatics Centre on June 15, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 15: Italy perform in the Synchronised Swimming Teams Free Routine Final during day three of the Baku 2015 European Games at Baku Aquatics Centre on June 15, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 15: The Ukrainian team pose with their bronze medals won in the Synchronised Swimming Teams final during day three of the Baku 2015 European Games at Baku Aquatics Centre on June 15, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 15: Azerbaijani fans show their support during the Artistic Gymnastics Team and All Around qualification on day three of the Baku 2015 European Games at the National Gymnastics Arena on June 15, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 15: Gold medalist Nikita Ignatyev of Russia celebrates after the medal ceremony for the Men's Team Final on day three of the Baku 2015 European Games at the National Gymnastics Arena on June 15, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 15: Lisa Top (L), Celine van Gerner (2R) Lieke Wevers and (R) of the Netherlands celebrate third place during the Women's Team Final and Individual Qualification on day three of the Baku 2015 European Games at the National Gymnastics Arena on June 15, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 15: Inna Osipenko-Rodomska of Azerbaijan wins the Semi Final 2 Kayak Single (K2) 200m Women during day three of the Baku 2015 European Games at Mingachevir on June 15, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 15: Iiya Pervukhin and Alexey Korovashkov (not seen) of Russia win Silver, Andrei Bahdanovich and Aliaksandr Bahdanovich of Belarus win Gold and Peter Kretschmer and Michael Mueller of Germany win Bronze in the Final Canoe Double (C2) 1000m Men during day three of the Baku 2015 European Games at Mingachevir on June 15, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 15: Crowds watch on at Canoe Sprint during day three of the Baku 2015 European Games at Mingachevir on June 15, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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Swimmers add team gold to duets title, shortly after double Gymnastics glory

Russia’s golden day at the Baku 2015 European Games continued on Monday evening as its all-conquering synchronised swimmers won the team free routine.

The Russians finished top of the pile on 169.0992, ahead of Spain on 162.0406 and Ukraine on 159.0860.

After winning gold for Russia in the duet free routine earlier on Monday, Valeriya Filenkova and Daria Kulagina helped the team break the magic 90-point mark and leave the Spanish seven points adrift. 

"My emotions are very high. I don't think it has sunk in yet," said Kulagina after claiming her second gold. "The most difficult move that we tried is only something we have been working on in the last month and it went really well."

 

 

The Russians are confident of further success on Tuesday. "We think we can take two more (golds) tomorrow in the solo and combination," said coach and five-time Olympian Anastaysia Davydova.

"We are doing a lot of work in Russia, about eight hours a day, and I think the girls gave the best performance I have ever seen."

The swimmers, in keeping with their Russian roots, wore costumes in typically bright colours and performed their routine to a revamped version of traditional Russian folk tune Korobochka, much to the delight of a large Russian crowd.

Meanwhile, Spain put in another creative and exciting performance to earn the silver medal ahead of Ukraine.


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    Russians rule the synchro pool

    A review of Synchronised Swimming at the Baku 2015 European Games
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    Golden girl Neborako looks forward to life in the fast lane

    Russian synchronised swimmer has won three gold medals at Baku 2015
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    Ruthless Russians complete clean sweep of synchro medals

    Victory in free combination makes it four golds from four Synchronised Swimming events for Russia
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    Russia continue winning ways in the pool

    Anisiya Neborako secures gold in the synchronised swimming solo free routine
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    Russia’s golden day continues in Synchronised Swimming

    Swimmers add team gold to duets title, shortly after double Gymnastics glory
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    Russia wins gold in duets free routine

    Valeriya Filenkova and Daria Kulagina take Synchronised Swimming title
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    Russians seek perfection in the pool

    Rivals seek to close the gap as Russia chase Baku clean sweep
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