More world titles for France, Russia in open water, synchro

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Marc-Antoine Olivier anchors France's mixed relay team to gold in the 5K open water swimming event at the FINA world championships in Budapest on Thursday.
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From left: Oceane Maryse Jeannie Cassignol, Logan Fontaine, Aurelie Muller and Marc-Antoine Olivier of France celebrate winning the 5K mixed team relay on the podium during the open water swimming competition on Lake Balaton in Balatonfured, Hungary, at the FINA world championships on July 20, 2017.

Marc-Antoine Olivier anchored France's mixed relay team to gold in the 5K open water swimming event  at the FINA world championships on Thursday.

Olivier, who had already won the men's 5K individual race and took bronze in the 10K, finished 12.2 seconds ahead of Jordan Wilimovsky of the United States, the silver medalist in the men's 10K. France won in 54 minutes, 5.9 seconds.

"I like this new formula, since there are more tactics, and it is more exciting," American swimmer Haley Anderson said. "We were struggling a little bit at the relays but it was pretty much new for all."

Mario Sanzullo anchored Italy to bronze, 25.1 seconds behind France. The race was on Lake Balaton, about 130 kilometers southwest of Budapest.

The format is new for the worlds. Each team must have two women and two men, racing in whichever order they prefer.

Also, Svetlana Kolesnichenko claimed her fourth gold medal of the championships by winning the duet free routine in synchronized swimming with Alexandra Patskevich.

It was Russia's fifth gold in six synchronized swimming finals this week.

"All our attempts weren't in vain. We did everything we possibly could. We were training for 10-to-12 hours a day," Kolesnichenko said.

The pair was awarded 97.0000 points for Russia's sixth gold in Budapest and its sixth win in six attempts in the event at the worlds.

Chinese twins Jiang Tingting and Jiang Wenwen took silver, while Anna Voloshyna and Yelyzaveta Yakhno of Ukraine got bronze.

The men's 3-meter springboard diving final was later in the day.


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