• Kyodo News


Chisa Kobayashi and Yukiko Inui won the duet free routine final at the Japan Open synchronized swimming championships on Tuesday.

Kobayashi and Inui, who held the overall lead after Monday’s preliminary routine, captured their first title with a total of 92.001 points at Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center.

Compatriots Yumi Adachi and Mariko Sakai followed in second with 91.667, and Saya and Maya Kimura were third 1.500 off the leaders.

Adachi won the solo free routine final with 92.584 points ahead of Inui and Frenchwoman Chloe Willhelm while Japan also triumphed in the team free routine with 94.334.

The Japan Swimming Federation made its decision based on results here to pick from Inui, Kobayashi and Sakai for the duet event, while Adachi got the nod for the solo competition at this summer’s world championships in Rome.

Swimmers from 11 countries and regions came to Japan to take part in the competition which doubles as the national championships.

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