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Russia’s opening 25 seconds of speedy legwork was perfectly timed to the rhythm of the Michael Jackson song “They Don’t Care About Us.” Ishchenko and Romashima executed the eight technical elements with precision, but the crowd cheered loudest for the duo’s quickness and energy in the water.
Ishchenko has won every technical solo event since the 2007 world championships.
“We have the best coaches and specialists in the world, and thank God, they still live in Russia,” she said.
“We felt lots of pressure at the start because it is the first day of competition and these scores will contribute to the final score,” Liu said.
“We try not to count how long we are underwater because otherwise we would faint,” Fuentes Fache said.
“It’s difficult for me to live in America and just be an American because my heart is still Russian,” she said. “It’s difficult to divide between my love to America and my love to Russia, so I support both teams.”
Killman and Koroleva put their personal stamp on their routine, coming up with some of the strokes, and designing the costumes that Killman’s mother made. Still, they know they are chasing Russia, which has dominated the sport for several years. Russia swept all seven synchro titles at last year’s world championships in Shanghai.
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