Dominant Russians close on synchro clean sweep

BARCELONA Fri Jul 26, 2013 4:50pm EDT

Russia's team show their gold medals after winning the synchronized swimming team free final during the World Swimming Championships at the Sant Jordi arena in Barcelona July 26, 2013. REUTERS/Albert Gea

Russia's team show their gold medals after winning the synchronized swimming team free final during the World Swimming Championships at the Sant Jordi arena in Barcelona July 26, 2013.

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BARCELONA (Reuters) - Russia moved inexorably towards a clean sweep of synchronized swimming gold medals when they secured the team free title at the world championships on Friday.

Having already triumphed in five events including Monday's team technical, the Russians amassed 97.400 points with a powerful routine at the hilltop Palau Sant Jordi, site of the 1992 Olympic Games.

Spain gave the home support reason to cheer by winning silver with 94.230 points and Ukraine took bronze on 93.640 ahead of Japan.

Russia, who have dominated the sport for around two decades, can make it seven titles out of seven in Saturday's free combination event.

(Reporting by Iain Rogers; editing by Tony Jimenez)

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