Kolesnichenko wins solo technical gold at Aquatics World Championships
(L-R) Silver medalist Ona Carbonell of Spain, gold medalist Svetlana Kolesnichenko of Russia and bronze medalist Yukiko Inui of Japan during the medal ceremony of the Women's Solo Technical Artistic Swimming at the 2019 FINA Swimming World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, July 13, 2019. EPA-EFE/JEON HEON-KYUN
Svetlana Kolesnichenko of Russia performs during the Women's Solo Technical Artistic Swimming at the 2019 FINA Swimming World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, July 13, 2019. EPA-EFE/JEON HEON-KYUN
Ona Carbonell of Spain performs during the Women's Solo Technical Artistic Swimming at the 2019 FINA Swimming World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, July 13, 2019. EPA-EFE/JEON HEON-KYUN
Gwangju, South Korea, Jul 13 (efe-epa).- Russia's Svetlana Kolesnichenko won the gold medal on Saturday in the Women's Solo Technical Artistic Swimming competition at the 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships.
Kolesnichenko flawlessly performed her routine - set to 2WEI's "Survivor" from the "Tomb Raider" soundtrack - to earn a score of 95.0023 points and successfully defend her title.
Spaniard Ona Carbonell and Japan's Yukiko Inui took silver and bronze, respectively.
Carbonell finished second with a routine titled "Mandela" and based on a speech that the renowned South African leader gave on sporting values during a Laureus World Sports Awards ceremony.
Carbonell's perfectly executed routine earned her the silver medal with 92.5002 points.
The medal was Carbonell's 21st medal at an Aquatics World Championships, giving her one more than countrywoman Gemma Mengual and tying her with Russian great Natalia Ishchenko, who won 19 golds and two silvers.
Across her seven World Championships appearances, Carbonell has collected one gold, 11 silvers - including Saturday's - and nine bronze medals.
The 29-year-old can now set her sights on the mark of Andrea Fuentes, whose 36 medals in artistic swimming at the World Championships (16), Olympics (four) and European Championships (16) are the most ever by a Spanish athlete.
Fuentes retired from elite competition in 2013.
Carbonell has won 35 medals at those three competitions - 21 at the World Championships, two at the Olympics and 12 at the European Championships - and still has a chance to add to her total in Gwangju.
Inui also claimed a spot on the podium, her maiden Solo Technical Artistic Swimming medal, with a score of 92.3084 points.
The top five in final results were as follows:
1. Svetlana Kolesnichenko (Russia) 95.0023 points
2. Ona Carbonell (Spain) 92.5002
3. Yukiko Inui (Japan) 92.3084
4. Marta Fiedina (Ukraine) 91.3014
5. Jacqueline Simoneau (Canada) 89.2932. EFE-EPA