July 19, 2009 / 11:10 AM / 10 years ago

Synchronised swimming - Russia retains technical team gold

Members of Russia's team compete during the synchronised swimming preliminaries at the World Championships in Rome July 18, 2009. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

ROME (Reuters) - Russia’s synchronised swimmers put on a near flawless show to retain the gold medal in the team technical event at the world championships on Sunday.

The eight-girl team, judged on execution and overall impression, racked up an overall points total of 98.833 in Rome’s scorching heat.

Spain, looking resplendent in their multi-coloured costumes, snatched silver after entering the pool with the pressure on as the penultimate team.

The bronze went to China while the Canadian team danced for joy on the poolside after finishing a surprise fourth.

The swimming events at the 13th aquatics world championships begin next Sunday.

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