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Italy wins mixed synchro swim gold, Canada 6th

Giorgio Minisini and Manila Flamini earned Italy its first gold medal of the world aquatics championships by winning the mixed duet technical synchronized swimming competition on Monday in Budapest, Hungary.

Minisini and Flamini earn country's first title of 2017 worlds

With the victory by Giorgio Minisini, front, and Manila Flamini, Italy now has five medals at the aquatics world championships in Budapest. (Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Giorgio Minisini and Manila Flamini earned Italy its first gold medal of the world aquatics championships by winning the mixed duet technical synchronized swimming competition on Monday in Budapest, Hungary.

Minisini and Flamini finished with a total of 90.2979 points, edging Russia's Mikhaela Kalancha and Aleksandr Maltsev by just 0.034 of a point.

"Doing 90 in this competition is something unbelievable. We couldn't even think about such high scores," Minsini said.

The Italian pair impressed the judges with a choreography called "A Scream from Lampedusa," created by Russian synchronized swimmer Anastasia Ermakova, and dedicated to the huge numbers of migrants arriving on the Italian island between Sicily and Tunisia every year.

The synchronized swimming duo of Manila Flamini and Giorgio Minisini finished first overall on Monday with a score of 90.2979. 4:49

Bill May and Kanako Spendlove claimed bronze for the United States with 87.6682 points. Spendlove won four medals (one gold, three silver) at the worlds in 2003 and 2005 when she was representing Japan.

Canada's Rene Robert Prevost and Isabelle Rampling finished sixth with 82.3413 points.

Rene Robert Prevost and Isabelle Rampling finished with a score of 82.3413 on Monday at the 2017 FINA World Aquatics Championships in Hungary. 4:36

Minisini and Flamini's win brings Italy's medal tally at the worlds to one gold, one silver and three bronze.

The women's 3-metre springboard final and men's 10-metre platform final in synchronized diving were taking place later Monday.

With files from CBC Sports

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