3 August 18:56 (BST)

Russia set to claim free team synchro gold

GLASGOW - Saturday's final of the free team event is unlikely to see any surprises at the top of the podium as Russia confidently rose to the top of the rankings in the preliminaries on Friday morning.

This is synchronised swimming's showcase event and Russia will be keen to improve on their 95.5000 score to inch even further ahead of Ukraine, who were almost two points behind. Russia's team, already brimming with world champions, will be looking to Mariia SHUROCHKINA, their Olympic champion from Rio 2016, to lead the way.

The fight for bronze will be intense, as Spain go into the finals just 0.5 points in front of Italy.

Svetlana KOLESNICHENKO (RUS) and Varvara SUBBOTINA (RUS) became the first European champions of Glasgow 2018 in any sport when they won the technical duet. They return to the pool for the preliminaries of the free duet on Saturday morning, when a repeat of the technical results seems likely, with Ukraine's Yelyzaveta YAKHNO and Anastasiya SAVCHUK poised to claim silver.

Italy's Linda CERRUTI and Costanza FERRO will be hoping to edge out Spain's Paula RAMIREZ I IBANEZ and Sara SALDANA LOPEZ, as they did in the technical duet for bronze.

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