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Synchronised Canadians get gold again

27 July 2002

Canada maintains a stranglehold on Commonwealth Games synchronised swimming by adding the gold medal in Saturday’s duet competition to the solo gold they won the previous day.

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Carver-Dias and Letourneau

Claire Carver-Dias and Fanny Letourneau totally dominated the duet competition to win the gold medal with 94.417 points.

Gayle Adamson and Katie Hooper, England (88.167) finished second leaving the two Australians Naomi Young and Ashleigh Rudder (85.917) to take the bronze medal.

Canada held a comfortable lead after the morning technical session and only a major collapse in the free session would have prevented the Canadians from maintaining their country’s 100 per cent record since synchronised swimming was introduced into the Games in 1986.

There was never the slightest hint of trouble as the duo recorded a complete set of marks over nine to complete the formality of a second gold of the Games for Carver-Dias.

She said: “We know all about Canada’s great synchro tradition at the Commonwealth Games, of having won every gold medal, and we have pride in that tradition and wanted to maintain it.”

“We wanted to achieve our best, and we put in a great routine this morning,” she added.

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