Synchronized swimmer Vasiliki Alexandriy won silver in technical swimming at the Fukuoka World Swimming Championships, giving Austria its first precious metal in the title competition in Japan.
The 25-year-old was defeated by local champion Yukiko Inoue (276.5717) on Saturday with a score of 264.4200 and thus celebrated her first world championship medal. Spain’s Iris Teo Casas won the bronze medal (254.2100).
The eldest of the three Alexandri sisters won her first medals in a major event last year at the European Championships in Rome with two bronzes. Last year, the local Olympic favorite was twice fifth at the World Championships in Budapest, and now she’s celebrating the biggest success of her career in Japan.
In Friday’s preliminaries, Alexandari, who was born in Greece, placed third (232.8367), but also earned a penalty. Alexandri’s preparation for the World Championships in Fukuoka was not ideal due to a spinal disc problem, and she missed two weeks of training. The next chance to get a medal for Alexandria is in the free program on Wednesday before the qualifiers on the program on Monday.
Her triple sisters Anna Maria and Irini Marina Alexandri will take home a medal in the technical freestyle for the duet competition on Sunday (12:30 p.m.). In the preliminary heats on Friday, the red-white-red pair took second place, and last year there were two bronze medals at the World Championships in Budapest.
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