Sato Siblings Make Waves: Japanese Artistic Swimming Triumph at Fukuoka 2023


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After Yukiko Inui won the tournament’s first gold on 15th, the Japanese pairs of Moe Higa and Mashiro Yasunaga and Tomoka Sato and Yotaro Sato took centre stage at the Marine Messe Fukuoka. The Sato siblings outperformed themselves in Budapest last year, winning mixed duet technical routine gold.

The Japanese couple won with a total of 255.5066 points, while Spain’s Dennis González and Emma Garca took silver with 248.0499 and China’s Cheng Wentao and Shi Haoyu took bronze with 247.3033.

Japan won their third consecutive artistic swimming championship after Higa and Yasunaga won gold in the women’s duet technical routine.

Linda Cerruti and Lucrezia Ruggiero of Italy won silver with a score of 263.0334, while Iris Tió added a bronze medal to her solo technical routine bronze with a score of 257.8368 with Alisa Ozhogina.

After another strong day of diving competition, China maintains its lead in the overall medal rankings. Chen Yuxi and Quan Hongchan, the reigning Olympic champions, successfully defended their women’s synchronised 10 metre platform championship.

The couple proved too powerful, winning with a score of 369.84, while Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix and Lois Toulson of the United Kingdom finished second with 311.76.

Jessica Paratto and Delaney Schnell of the United States won bronze with a score of 294.42. Peng Jianfeng won the men’s 1m springboard event, giving China its sixth gold medal in a row.

With a score of 440.45, the defending Asian Games champion won the championship for the first time since 2017. Osmar Olvera of Mexico took silver with 428.85, while Zheng Jiuyuan joined compatriot Peng on the podium with 418.30.

While China and Japan consolidated their dominance in diving and artistic swimming, Germany won another open water swimming championship.

Following Leonie Beck’s triumph in yesterday’s women’s 10 kilometre event, Florian Wellbrock won the men’s competition.

Wellbrock defeated Hungarian Kristóf Rasovszky and colleague Oliver Klemet to win in 1hr 50min 40.3sec. Rasovszky finished in 1:50.59.0 for silver, while Klemet took bronze in 1:51:00.8.

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