Min­isini, Flamini get Italy’s first gold

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Gior­gio Min­isini and Manila Flamini earned Italy its first gold medal of the world swim­ming cham­pi­onships by win­ning the mixed duet tech­ni­cal syn­chro­nized swim­ming com­pe­ti­tion yes­ter­day. Min­isini and Flamini fin­ished with a to­tal of 90.2979 points, edg­ing Rus­sia’s Mikhaela Kalan­cha and Alek­sandr Malt­sev by just 0.034 of a point. “Do­ing 90 in this com­pe­ti­tion is some­thing un­be­liev­able. We couldn’t even think about such high scores,” Minsini said. The Ital­ian pair im­pressed the judges with a chore­og­ra­phy called, “A Scream from Lampe­dusa,” cre­ated by Rus­sian syn­chro­nized swim­mer Anastasia Er­makova, and ded­i­cated to the huge num­bers of mi­grants ar­riv­ing on the Ital­ian is­land be­tween Si­cily and Tu­nisia ev­ery year. “Italy had two bronze medals in Kazan. But we wanted to be bet­ter,” Minsini said of the last worlds in Rus­sia.—AP

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