Synchronized swimming to be called artistic swimming

Going forward, synchronized swimming will be known as artistic swimming, while Russia continued to dominate at the FINA aquatic world championships in Budapest, Hungary.

Russia wins 7th synchro gold at world championships

Russia's Mikhaela Kalancha, right, and Aleksandr Malatsev celebrate after winning gold in the synchronized swimming mixed duet free final on Saturday. (Darko Bandic/Associated Press)

Synchronized swimming, the sport known for its hair gel, glittering uniforms and over-the-top pageantry, will have a new moniker going forward. World governing body FINA voted to change its name to artistic swimming on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Russia won its seventh synchro gold on the final day for synchro and diving events at the aquatics world championships from Budapest, Hungary,when Aleksandr Maltsev and Mikhaela Kalancha won the mixed duet free routine, a relatively new, non-Olympic event.

Italy's Giorgio Minisini and Mariangela Perrupato claimed the silver ahead of Bill May and Kanako Kitao Spendlove, who claimed their second bronze of the event for the U.S. Canada's Rene Robert Prevost and Isabelle Rampling finished 6th.

The Chinese also took a synchronized swimming gold in the women's team free, while Ukraine settled for silver and Japan claimed the bronze. Russia did not enter a team in the event.


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