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PHOTOS: Marilyn inspires Romashina to third synchro gold

July 25, 2013 12:38 IST

PHOTOS: Marilyn inspires Romashina to third synchro gold

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Svetlana Romashina's jaunty Marilyn Monroe-inspired free routine secured her third gold medal of the world championships and made it four out of four for synchronised swimming's dominant nation Russia on Wednesday.

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Image: Svetlana Romashina of Russia competes in the Synchronized Swimming Solo Free final
Photographs: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

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Following her titles in technical solo and duet and Russia's success in the team technical, in which she did not compete, Romashina wowed spectators at the Palau Sant Jordi with an energetic and theatrical performance to earn 97.340 points.


Image: Svetlana Romashina of Russia
Photographs: Michael Dalder/Reuters

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Romashina wore an costume resembling a Monroe ensemble and performed to the song I Wanna Be Loved By You from the celebrated 1958 Billy Wilder romantic comedy Some Like It Hot, in which the American film star played the vocalist and ukelele player Suger Kane.

China's Huang Xuechen was second on 95.720 points with a Phantom of the Opera-themed effort and local favourite Ona Carbonell of Spain took bronze with a homage to the 1992 Barcelona Olympics that earned her 94.290 points.


Image: Carbonell Ballestero of Spain
Photographs: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

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Previously overshadowed by her compatriot Natalia Ishchenko, who is taking a sabbatical, Romashina has moved seamlessly into her new role as the leading synchronised swimmer both for her country and in international competition.

A three-time Olympic champion, the 24-year-old said the idea for the Monroe routine had come from coach Tatiana Dachenko's daughter Elena.


Image: Natalia Ishchenko of the Russia
Photographs: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

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"She has had this idea for the last two years but we didn't know which athlete would do it," Romashina told reporters, adding that she had been more nervous for the free event than in Saturday's technical programme.

"I like the character so I was really happy to play this role," she said.


Image: Svetlana Romashina of Russia
Photographs: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

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Romashina has a chance for a fourth gold of the championships in Thursday's free duet with partner Svetlana Kolesnichenko, with whom she won the technical duet on Sunday.


Image: (From left) Silver medallist Huang Xuechen of China, gold medallist Svetlana Romashina of Russia and bronze medallist Carbonell Ballestero of Spain
Photographs: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

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