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London duo take gold on opening day of National Age Group Championships

London Synchro’s duet took the gold medal to round off day one of competition at the Swim England Artistic Swimming National Age Group Championships in Gloucester.

Aurora Pellizzon and Kaila Saltman, with Victoria Sharashkina in reserve, teamed up to take the national title in the 12 and under duet competition.

They finished just 0.8333 ahead of their nearest rivals after an overall score of 110.5903, which was 56.0000 for routine and 54.5903 for figures.

Their routine score was 16.3000 for execution, 22.8000 for artistic impression and 16.9000 for difficulty.

City of Birmingham’s Imogen Sutton and Sarwin Sawan were the pairing closest to London’s duet, their score of 109.7570 clinched the silver medal.

Kitty Tyers and Lola Huett of Rugby were secured the bronze medal with an overall score of 109.3902.

Golden pairing for Reading Royals

Reading Royals duo Lily Halasi and Florence Blinkhorn continued on from their success in the figures competition as they added duet gold to their tally.

The pair finished on top in the 13-15 duet event with a routine score of 72.9000 and a figure score of 72.0561 combining for an overall total of 144.9561.

Halasi and Blinkhorn were awarded 22.0000 for execution, 28.8000 for artistic impression and 22.1000 for difficulty.

Earlier in the competition, Halasi earned the gold medal in the 13-15 figures with Blinkhorn taking the silver – with their performance coach Kelly-Anne Russell saying they have ‘really good drive and competitive spirit’.

In second place was City of Birmingham’s Louise Macdonagh and Magdalena Townsend with an overall score of 128.6058.

Their routine score broke down into 18.8000 for execution, 25.7333 for artistic impression and 19.7000 for difficulty.

Taking bronze was another Reading Royals pairing in Francesca Pringle and Eva Narewska.

They achieved 19.5000 for execution, 26.1333 for artistic impression and 20.1000 for difficulty which resulted in an overall score of 126.7963.