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Canada well placed for gold

18 Mar 06 09:40


Canadians are the favourites to take gold with the technical routines completed. 

Canadians are the favourites
to take gold with the technical
routines completed.

After completion of the technical rounds at the Synchronised Swimming, Canada are leading the competition in both the Solo and Duet events.

Marie Pier Boudreau Gagnon of Canada is well placed in the Solo event to win gold after her score of 45.750 put her 3.750-points clear of Jenna Randall (England). Austrlian Irena Olevsky, who has returned to international competition after three years in retirement, is close behind in third place. She will be hoping to better Australia's bronze medal in the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games in front of her home crowd.

Lisa Daniels of New Zealand, Shareen Png  of Malaysia and Shannon Crowder of South Africa all still remain in medal contention, and will be looking to improve their positions in the Free Routine.

Fourteen-year-old Avani Dardam Dave (India) is in last place with a score of 23.167, a remarkable achievement considering she only took up the sport eight months ago.

The Solo Free Routine Final begins at 2pm on Day 4. In the Duet competition, Boudreau Gagnon and her partner Isabelle Rampling believe they can retain the gold medal for Canada, and are well-placed to do so after scoring 46.167 in their Technical Routine.

Rivals Australia and England follow closely behind. Randall and Olivia Allison have been chosen to train for England's 2012 Olympic team, and hope to begin their international careers by earning at least a silver medal in Melbourne.

The remaining teams are also still in the race for a medal. New Zealand has concentrated on the team event, sisters Lisa and Nina Daniels benefiting from recent training in Canada. They are within one point of Australia and England.

Malaysia and South Africa round out the teams, but are by no means out of the competition, both within four points of second-placed Australia. The Team Free Routine Final begins at 3:18pm on day four.

Fore more information view the Synchronised Swimming Schedules and Results section on this Website 

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