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Russian Team Reigns Supreme on the Second Day of Competition

The Russian team once again demonstrated their dominance at the LEN Synchronised Swimming Champions Cup in Sheffield by winning the Team Free Final.

The octet, who are current World and Olympic Champions, set the standard this morning in the preliminaries with a score of 98.280. In this evening’s final they further improved and took the title with a huge 98.560 for their swim.

They had impressive heights on their difficult lifts and showed speed and power throughout the four minute routine.

Anzhelika Timanina said: “We are very happy and the coach is really happy too.

"We’ve all developed and are heading in the right direction for the World Championships. We have some room to improve, our scores were good but we wanted them higher.”

In second place, with a final score of 95.830, were Spain (pictured above). They also improved on their score from this morning for their eerie house of horrors inspired routine, including one of the most technical lifts in the programme.

Ana Terres, the Spanish Coach said: “We are training hard to be ready for the World Championships in Shanghai in July. We only have three swimmers on the team who competed at the 2008 Olympics.”

Clara Basiana said: “The judges were strict which shows on the scoring but we are still training hard because we want to improve our score for the next competition in the Spanish Championships and the World Championships in Shanghai.”

The Ukraine took the bronze medals with their score of 92.790 for their ballet inspired routine .

The British Synchro team, powered by British Gas, finished in 5th place with 86.880. They were cheered through the whole routine by the crowd at Ponds Forge.

Lauren Smith, of the British Team said: “That was incredibly hard because we were all going for it. We knew there were sections that we needed to improve on from this morning and I think we did that. The crowd has been phenomenal. It’s been so good to have their support.

“I think the scores could have been better but it was great experience competing in front of a home crowd.”

Italy placed fourth with 91.110, Switzerland sixth with 82.840 and Belarus were seventh with 79.370.

European Champs 2016