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Synchro preview - 26 July

26 July 2002

Claire Carver-Dias has a tough act to follow when she takes to the water at the Manchester 2002 synchronised swimming solo competition on Friday.

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Only gold will do for Carver-Dias and team mate Fanny Letourneau

Her compatriots have won all eight solo and duet gold medals that have been up for grabs since the sport was introduced to the Games in 1986. They’ve arrived in Manchester determined to maintain that proud record and retain a monopoly on the gold standard in both the solo and duet categories.

Carver-Dias, an Olympic and world duet bronze medallist, is the Canadians’ only entry in the solo event.But she has settled in quickly to the Aquatics Centre facilities and into the Games village and has looked strong in the build-up to the Games.

The main challenge to Canadian domination is expected to come from Australia’s Naomi Young while England’s Gayle Adamson is another strong contender for a medal.

England coach Adele Carlsen believes the gap is closing between the Canadians and the rest of the pack. This first synchro competition of Manchester 2002 will show how far the divide has closed and provide a pointer to the duet event, which follows on Saturday.

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