|Canadian synchro pair fourth in technical duet at FINA World Aquatic Championships|
SHANGHAI – Marie-Pierre Boudreau-Gagnon of Rivière-du-Loup, Que., and Élise Marcotte of l’Ancienne-Lorette, Que., finished fourth in the technical duet final on Monday in synchronized swimming action at the FINA World Aquatic Championships.
Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina of Russia won the gold medal with 98.200 points, Xuechen Huang and Ou Liu of China took the silver at 96.500 and Ona Carbonell of Spain and Andrea Fuentes of Spain were third at 95.400. It was a second gold for Ischenko who won the technical solo event on Sunday.
Boudreau-Gagnon and Marcotte, fourth after the prelims on Monday, totalled 94.100.
‘’Our goal was to swim better today and we achieved that,’’ said Marcotte. ‘’Fourth place is a little disappointing but we can only control what we can.’’
Boudreau-Gagnon says she and her partner are not discouraged with the result.
‘’We are going to keep fighting until we get our place,’’ she said. ‘’Our swims have been solid and we are showing we are a major medal threat here. We still have hope that we can leave here with a medal in our free routine.’’
In the team technical preliminaries, Russia stands first at 97.700, China is second at 96.000 and Spain third at 95.700. Canada follows in fourth at 94.00. Swimming for Canada were Boudreau-Gagnon, Marcotte, Jo-Annie Fortin of Montreal, Chloé Isaac of Brossard, Que., Stéphanie Leclair and Karine Thomas, both of Gatineau, Que., Tracy Little of Pointe-Claire, Que., and Valérie Welsh of St-Nicholas, Que.
‘’It was a good swim,’’ said Marcotte. ‘’We need to make some adjustments for the final. We’re disappointed with fourth right now and we want to get on the podium.’’
Competition continues Tuesday with the team technical final and the prelims in the free duet and free team combination.
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