Japan notches silver at worlds

Kyodo

Japan finished a distant second behind Russia in the synchronized swimming free combination final on Sunday, winning its first medal of the world championships.

Japan, led by Emiko Suzuki and Saho Harada, who were the second-best qualifiers in the duet technical event a day earlier, scored 97.833 points for the second consecutive silver medal at the championships.

“I’m happy with the result in this early event, and it lifts me up for the coming events,” Suzuki said. Russia tallied a near-perfect 99.000 to defend its title. The United States took third on 96.500 and Spain was fourth on 96.334. Earlier Sunday, Harada qualified for the solo free routine final in fourth place.