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Russian synchronized swimming star to resume career with Olympic record at stake

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Svetlana Romashina, who shares the Olympic record with five synchronized swimming gold medals, plans to return to competition by next year for the first time since the Rio Games, according to Russian news agency TASS.

Romashina, 28, said soon after the Rio Olympics that she was taking a break from the sport but harbored Tokyo 2020 ambitions, according to Russian media.

She had a baby girl last fall and has been an assistant coach with the dominant Russian synchro team that just won all eight events it entered at the European Championships.

Romashina was part of Russian Olympic team and duet sweeps with Natalya Ishchenko in 2012 and 2016. The pair carried the Russian flag together at the Rio Closing Ceremony, after which Ishchenko reportedly retired.

Ischchenko holds the record of 19 world titles in synchro, followed by Romashina with 18.

Romashina is expected to pair with Svetlana Kolesnichenko, Russian coach Tatyana Pokrovskaya said, according to TASS. Kolesnichenko, part of the Rio Olympic champion team, just swept the four golds in solo and duet at Euros.

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Russia takes gold in team synchronized swimming; China, Japan medal

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Russia’s synchronized swimming team has swept the Olympics in Rio with another strong performance in the team event.

Russia’s duo of Natalia Ischenko and Svetlana Romashina won duet gold earlier this week, and they joined Vlada Chigireva, Svetlana Kolesnichenko, Aleksandra Patskevich, Alla Shishkina, Maria Shurochkina, Gelena Topilina and Elena Prokofyeva to repeat the feat in team.

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Russia, China, and Japan all duplicated their efforts in the duet event, from gold to bronze, respectively.

Team USA did not make the final.

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With the Olympics winding down there will be more medals on the line. On Thursday, the gold medal bout of the men’s light heavyweight division between Cuba’s Julio Cesar La Cruz and Kazakhstan’s Adilbek Niyazymbetov will be held, with there also being semifinal bouts in three other divisions. American Shakur Stevenson will not be fighting in the bantamweight semis however, as he’s advanced to the gold medal bout via walkover.

At the sailing venue they’ll once again look to hold the men’s and women’s 470 races that have been delayed due to weather, and there will also be medal races in the men’s 49er and women’s 49erFX competitions. The women’s volleyball semis, beginning with Team USA taking on Serbia in the afternoon and tournament surprise China playing the Netherlands in the nightcap, are also on Thursday’s schedule.

Lastly, the men’s BMX competition moves to the quarterfinal round and synchronized swimming begins the team portion of its competition with the technical routines.

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WATCH LIVE: Synchronized swimming, team technical routines — Noon Eastern

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WATCH LIVE: Sailing medal races, men’s and women’s 470, men’s 49er and women’s 49erFX — Noon Eastern

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WATCH LIVE: Cycling, men’s BMX quarterfinals — 12:30 p.m. Eastern

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WATCH LIVE: Boxing, Men’s light heavyweight gold medal bout, women’s flyweight semis, men’s bantamweight semis, men’s middleweight semis — 1 p.m. Eastern