China's twin sisters sweep duet title in artistic swimming at 2018 Asian Games

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Jiang Wenwen and Jiang Tingting wrote their names into the Asian Games record books after winning the duet in artistic swimming on Tuesday.
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China's Jiang Wenwen and Jiang Tingting perform during the duet free routine synchronized swimming final competition at the 18th Asian Games at Gelora Bung Karno Sports Complex in Jakarta, Indonesia, on August 28, 2018.

Jiang Wenwen and Jiang Tingting wrote their names into the Asian Games record books after winning the duet in artistic swimming on Tuesday.

The Jiang twins, 32, won five gold medals between the 2006 and 2010 Asian Games, including two duet titles. They returned to the pool last year after the pair both had children and took a two-year break from competition.

With the theme of "Flamingo and Swan", the Jiangs dominated the technical and free routine with a total of 186.5101 points and wrapped up their sixth Asian Games gold medal.

Inui Yukiko/Youshida Megumu of Japan finished second with a score of 182.3363 and the Kazakhstani pair of Nemich Yekaterina/Nemich Alexandra came third with a score of 170.8845.

"We are satisfied that we showed our best during the competition, we improved on the difficulties of the routines. We did a great job! We are our own biggest competitors," Jiang Wenwen said.

"We are honored and lucky to work with a great team, including our experienced coaches, friendly teammates and family members, especially our daughters," Jiang Tingting said.

The Jiang sisters returned to the pool in 2016 ahead of the 2017 National Games where they won in the duet section. They also competed at the FINA World Championships in Budapest and won two silver medals.

"Since we returned to the pool, we kept training everyday and improved on our conditioning so we could be stronger than ever. We did this so we could deal with more difficult routines," Wenwen said.

The Jiang sisters are the oldest artistic swimmers in Asian Games history.

China has won all eight gold medals at the Asian Games since the sport debuted at the Games in 2006.


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