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Ishchenko claims synchronized double with free title

2009-07-23 12:33:06 GMT2009-07-23 20:33:06 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

ROME, July 23 (Xinhua) -- Russia's Natalia Ishchenko grabbed double title by winning the synchronized swimming solo free gold medal at the World Championships here on Thursday.

Ishchenko had already retained her solo technical title on Monday and once again beat Spain's Gemma Mengual into second position by just half a point, scoring 98.833 to the Spaniard's 98.333.

Italy's Beatrice Adelizzi delighted the home crowd by snatching the bronze medal with 95.500 to pip Canada's Chloe Isaac (95.000).

Ischenko performed her routine to Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, a popular choice among synchronized swimmers as China's free combination team also picked that piece on Wednesday.

Mengual opted for a version of the Beatles's "Yesterday" sung by Ray Charles in a blues style but there was no repeat of Wednesday's success for the Spaniard.

It was the third time she's finished second to the Russian in world finals. Ishchenko now has eight world titles and two silver medals to her name.

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