Wang Liuyi and Wang Qianyi of China win artistic swimming women's duet technical gold medal at the 19th FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary on June 19, 2022. (Photo by Attila Volgyi/Xinhua)
Twin sisters Wang Liuyi and Wang Qianyi won first gold medal for China in artistic swimming women's duet technical at the 19th FINA World Championships.
BUDAPEST, June 19 (Xinhua) -- China's twin sisters Wang Liuyi and Wang Qianyi won the gold medal in the artistic swimming women's technical duet at the 19th FINA World Championships here on Sunday.
The 25-year-olds scored 93.7536 points for the title.
The Wang twins were favorites of the event as they won the gold medal in the women's team free combination five years ago in the 17th World Championships.
They also led the preliminaries of the event two days ago.
"We had a better performance in the final given two days of preparation since the preliminaries, and I am very satisfied," older sister Wang Liuyi said after the final.
Younger sister Wang Qianyi added: "We presented what we had in our training, our final scores were higher than in the preliminaries, and our self-evaluation was better than in the preliminaries."
Wang Liuyi and Wang Qianyi of China perform during the artistic swimming women's duet technical final at the 19th FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary on June 19, 2022. (Photo by Attila Volgyi/Xinhua)
Wang Liuyi, unfortunately, missed the event in last year's Tokyo Olympics due to injuries, but this time the sisters managed to show up and chase their dreams together in the World Championships.
"Although I was not able to participate in the last Olympic Games, but we will cheer for each other as long as one of us is participating in the event," said Wang Liuyi. "This time, it is an honor to represent the Chinese team in the double event. I am excited that we could present an improved performance."
"I have experienced the Olympic Games before, and now I have a chance to participate in the World Championships with my sister. We encourage and support each other in both training and competitions. It feels really good," Wang Qianyi noted.
"I love to compete against my opponents and learn from them. I believe that we will become better and better," the younger sister added.
The Ukrainian Aleksiiva sisters, Maryna and Vladyslava, took the silver medal with 91.8617 points, while Anna-Maria and Eirini Alexandria from Austria came third with 91.2622 points. ■