Jacqueline Simoneau, from Montreal, QC, finished in 5th position on Saturday in the solo technical event at the FINA World Championships in Gwangju, Korea. Already in fifth after yesterday’s preliminary round, she had a surprise in store for the spectators and judges: she performed a completely different routine in the finals. For the first time in competition, she swam to Michael’s Buble’s Cry me a River, wowing the crowd with her technical proficiency, unparalleled height, precise spins and world-class presentation, receiving a score of 89.2932.
Svetlana Kolesnichenko, from Russia, won gold at the event with a score of 95.0023. Ona Carbonell, from Spain, added to her collection of World Championships medal by grabbing silver while Japan’s Yukiko Inui won bronze.
This was already the third performance for Simoneau at these World Championships. In addition to yesterday’s solo technical preliminaries, she had also teamed up with partner Claudia Holzner last night to place 6th position in the technical duet preliminary event ahead of tomorrow’s final round.
The competition continues tomorrow with the presentation of the team technical preliminaries in the morning and the duet technical final in the evening.
The schedule for Sunday, July 14, is:
Team Technical Preliminaries (start #1 / 23): 11:00 local time / 22:00 EDT (July 13)
Duet Technical Final (start #12 / 12): 19:00 local time / 6:00 EDT
For schedules, start lists and results, please view our event page.