Artistic Swimming Lee Ri-young, Solo Technical 12th… Japanese Inui Gold Medal

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Lee Ri-young performing a solo technical match.

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(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Bae Jin-nam = Artistic Swimming National Team Lee Ri-young (Korea University) became the first Korean athlete since the introduction of the current scoring system to reach the final in the solo technical (regular event) section of the FINA World Swimming Championships. Finished in 12th.

On the afternoon of the 18th (Korean time), Lee Ri-young placed 12th with 80.5294 points in the artistic swimming solo technical section final of the 2022 FINA World Swimming Championships held at the Alfred Heryosi Swimming Complex in Budapest, Hungary.

In the preliminary round the day before, Lee Ri-young finished 12th out of 26 participants with 80.5753 points and took the last train to the final.

Even though he was not able to raise his ranking in the finals and finished at the bottom, it was a valuable achievement just to advance to the finals.

According to the Korea Swimming Federation, it is the first time that Korea has advanced to the final of the World Championships in the artistic swimming solo division since the introduction of the current scoring system.

In addition, Park Hyun-sun, who competed in a solo technical match in Barcelona in 2013, scored 76.9730 points at the time, ranking 16th, the best result in 9 years.

Lee Ri-young also made it to the final in the technical duet with Heo Yun-seo (Apgujeonggo) and played a match on the afternoon of the 19th.

Yukiko Inui (center), who won the gold medal in the solo technical category, poses for a commemorative photo with 2nd place Marta Piedina (left) and 3rd place Evangelia Platanioti. [EPA=연합뉴스]

Yukiko Inui (center), who won the gold medal in the solo technical category, poses for a commemorative photo with 2nd place Marta Piedina (left) and 3rd place Evangelia Platanioti. [EPA=연합뉴스]

Meanwhile, in the solo technical final, Yukiko Inui of Japan won the gold medal for the first time with a score of 92.8662, while Russia, the world’s strongest in artistic swimming, could not participate in this competition.

This is the third time Japan has won a gold medal in artistic swimming at the World Championships, but it is the first time in an individual event.

Since the 2007 Melbourne Games in Melbourne, Australia, where awards were awarded in both technical and free (free events) categories, Russia has dominated the solo technical category.

However, Russia was banned from participating in international competitions due to its invasion of Ukraine and could not participate in this year’s competitions at all.

Ukraine’s Marta Piedina (91.9555 points) and Greece’s Evangelia Platanioti (89.5110 points) took silver and bronze medals, respectively.

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