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Russian pair wins gold in synchronized swimming

Beijing, China (Sports Network) - Russia's Anastasia Davydova and Anastasia Ermakova won a synchronized swimming gold medal Wednesday in the duet free routine at the Beijing Olympics.

The Russians, who entered the final in the top spot, scored a perfect score in technical merit Wednesday while receiving near-perfect marks in artistic impression.

Davydova and Ermakova won with a total score of 99.251 -- the final standings also account for the preliminaries -- to successfully defend the gold medal they won in Athens in 2004.

Also the defending world champions, the Russian pair never dismissed how hard the Olympics competition would be. It's something they never forgot during training, Ermakova said.

"No one serves up a gold medal on a silver platter," she said.

Spain's Andrea Fuentes and Gemma Mengual won the silver medal with 98.334 points, while Japan's Saho Harada and Emiko Suzuki took bronze with 97.167.

The United States duo of Christina Jones and Andrea Nott finished in fifth place.

08/20 05:57:13 ET

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