LONDON: Jumping high above the water, Russia soared to the top of the medals podium again in synchronised swimming at the London Games.
The sport's dominant power won the team gold medal yesterday - its fourth consecutive team victory and sixth straight overall gold in the Olympics.
The Russians earned 98.930 points for a free routine featuring swimmers doing acrobatic flips and pirouetting like ballerinas above the water. Having already won the team technical competition, they totaled 197.030.
"I am very happy that we managed to get the result with the girls and that we carried on the tradition of synchronized swimming," swimmer Anastasia Davydova said through a translator.
The team of Davydova, Maria Gromova, Natalia Ishchenko, Elvira Khasyanova, Alexandra Patskevich, Svetlana Romashina, Anzhelika Timanina and Alla Shishkina swam in black, red and gold suits featuring a spider web design on the back.
The Russians swam, flipped and kicked their way through the songs "War" and "Step" by Denis Garnizov. Their height, speed and synchronization were far superior to the other teams'.