Golden day for Russia
Russian women enjoyed a brilliant day in Rio, the synchro team won with a breathtaking performance, while the water polo team clinched the bronze medal in a thriller. Later Italy earned the silver as the US proved too strong in the final. In diving, Britain’s Tom Daley finished atop in the prelims of the 10m platform.
Just as in all previous editions since Sydney 2000, the Russian synchro swimmers doubled down the titles on offer. After the duet they came first in the team as well on the 5th straight occasion, with almost a perfect score for their vibrant new choreography which amazed the public and the judges as well. Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina became 5-time Olympic champions respectively, equalling the record of the former Russian great Anastasia Davydova. Ukraine was close to the bronze but they were placed fourth, just 0.26 points behind Japan.
In water polo, Italy clinched the silver medal on the last day of women’s competition. In the final the Setterosa kept up for two periods against the title-holder and world champion US team, trailing 3-5 but the third decided everything, the Americans were too strong in all fields and finally won 12-5. Still, the Italians looked happy on the podium, especially Tania di Mario, their captain who had a fine end of his magnificent career. The 37 year-old legend, Olympic gold medallist in 2004, scored the last goal of the game, a nice pinpoint shot, a worthy ending of the event.
Just minutes before the synchro team performed its routine, the Russian women’s water polo team played a fantastic match with Hungary. In an encounter filled with sheer excitement, the Russians scored the equaliser in the very last second of the match for 12-12 and went on winning the penalty shootout in the 7th round and returned to the Olympic podium after 16 years.
The last event of the diving competition, the men’s 10m platform kicked off with the prelims. Six European divers made the semis, Britain’s Tom Daley, European champion this May, tops the ranks, gained 7.10 points on world champion Qui Bo of China.