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Carver-Dias gets synchro gold

26 July 2002

Claire Carver-Dias continued Canada’s domination of synchronised swimming and even had time for lunch with Her Majesty The Queen.

Synchro victory ceremony

Carver-Dias (centre) maintained Canada's proud record

The 25-year-old dominated the technical competition in the morning session and then went back to the Athletes Village to accept an invitation to join the Queen and other VIPs for lunch.

After lunch she returned to the pool to win the gold medal in the solo competition with a combined total of 93.834 points for the technical and free programmes. She said afterwards: “It’s been an incredible day. It really has been a fairytale. Meeting the Queen was so nice – I was more nervous about that than my event today.”

The swimmer from Montreal maintained her country’s 100 per cent gold record in the solo and duet competitions since the sport was introduced in 1986 receiving a full set of marks over nine for both technical merit and artistic impression in the process.

England’s Gayle Adamson one better than she did in Kuala Lumpur and took the silver medal by beating Australia’s Naomi Young with a score of 87.917 points to Young’s 85.834.

22-year-old Adamson was pleased with her achievement: “The Canadians are still very strong, but to beat Australia here today is a real boost for British and English synchronised swimming.”

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