‘A legend’: Russian artistic swimming star Romashina lands historic SIXTH Olympic gold as she & Kolesnichenko take Tokyo title

Svetlana Romashina became the most successful artistic swimmer in Olympic history as she and duet partner Svetlana Kolesnichenko won gold in the Tokyo pool with another flawless display on Wednesday.

Appearing in black spider-themed swimwear, Romashina and Kolesnichenko finished top of the pile in the women’s duet after their free routine, scoring a total of 195.9079 points.

That put the duo comfortably ahead of China’s Huang Xuechen and Sun Wenyan in second, with Ukrainian pair Marta Fiedina and Anastasiya Savchuk taking home the bronze medal.

For Romashina, 30, the title is her sixth at the Olympic Games – adding to her double gold at both the Rio and London Games and single title in Beijing – putting her out on her own as the most successful Olympian her sport has ever seen.

The Muscovite also has a remarkable 21 world championship titles to her name. 

The gold for Kolesnichenko, 27, was her second at the Olympics after she won the team title in Rio. Kolesnichenko is also a 16-time world champion.  

Svetlana Romashina and partner Svetlana Kolesnichenko scooped Tokyo gold. © Reuters

Russian swimmers – this time competing under the banner of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) – have been all-conquering in artistic swimming events (formerly known as synchronized swimming) in recent editions of the Games, winning both the duet and team events at the past five editions of the Olympics prior to Tokyo.

Romashina has completed a hat-trick of titles in the duet, having won her past two golds with Natalia Ishchenko – whom she now moves ahead of in the all-time gold medal stakes.  

Romashina and Kolesnichenko tasted gold again. © Reuters

Romashina was hailed for another incredible showing on Wednesday, where fans described her as a “legend” following yet another typically “impeccable” showing. 

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