LEN European Synchronised Swimming Champions Cup – Summary
Russian double, as expected
Russia clinched the two most important titles (duet, team) in the LEN European Synchronised Swimming Champions Cup in Haarlemmermeer (NED) and qualified for the Rio Olympics in these two events. Ukraine kept its first position in free combination and was ranked second behind the Russians in duet and in team.
The return of Natalia Ishchenko couldn’t have been any more spectacular: the Russian synchro diva was at her best together with her long-time partner Svetlana Romashina in the season’s first major international event, the LEN Synchro European Champions Cup. The one-year break didn’t take any toll on Ishchenko who offered a magnificent performance again in the duet. A couple of 9.8s marked that they were closing on perfection – and the difference between them and the rest of the field was also visible on the scoreboard as their lowest marks were still higher than any of their main rivals, the Ukrainians and the Spaniards.
The final ranks mirrored the classification of the 2014 Europeans in Berlin: again, Anna Voloshyna and Lolita Ananasova (UKR) came second, ahead of Spain’s Ona Carbonell and Paula Klamburg. Thanks to these results, the Russian and the Ukrainian duet have booked their respective places at the 2016 Olympic Games.
The team competition also repeated the order from Berlin: Russia triumphed – they even received a 9.9 for artistic impression –, Ukraine got the silver and the bronze went to Spain. The Russian team also earned a Rio berth with this win.
With the Russians (and the Spanish) skipping the free combination, the Ukrainians added another gold medal to their tally after their win in Berlin, this time Italy gained the second place and Greece was third. The closing event – highlight routine – featured two entrants, Greece got the better scores, thus finishing ahead of Belarus.
LEN European Synchronised Swimming Champions Cup
1. Natalia Ishchenko, Svetlana Romashina (RUS) 96.7000
2. Anna Voloshyna, Lolita Ananasova (UKR) 93.4667
3. Ona Carbonell, Paula Klamburg (ESP) 92.6000
1. Russia 97.0333
2. Ukraine 93.8667
3. Spain 92.7667