The first week of the World Aquatics Championships has been dominated by China, with 16 gold medals out of 29 in artistic swimming and diving. Australia has won the only other gold medal so far, with storied diver Maddison Keeney pairing with Domonic Bedggood to win the mixed 3-meter synchronized springboard.
China’s success at the event in Doha is due in part to Cheng Wentao and Shi Haoyu, who retained their world title in the artistic mixed duet free event. They scored more than 15 points ahead of silver medalists Mireia Hernandez and Dennis Gonzalez of Spain, with bronze going to Mexico’s Trinidad Meza and Diego Villalobos.
The athletes were very pleased to win the gold medal at the World Championship on the Chinese New Year. “We are very happy to have won this title,” said Cheng after their routine on the theme of “Romeo and Juliet.” “We worked hard for this moment, and we are glad that our efforts paid off.”
China has set a high standard for themselves at this competition, winning the majority of gold medals awarded so far. With just a few more days left before the swimming events begin on Sunday, it looks like they will continue to dominate proceedings. However, other countries will be looking to challenge them for supremacy in these exciting competitions.