The World Aquatics Championships have been dominated by China, with 16 out of 29 gold medals in artistic swimming and diving. Australia is the only other country to win a gold medal, with Maddison Keeney and Domonic Bedggood taking home the mixed 3-meter synchronized springboard. Cheng Wentao and Shi Haoyu retained their world title in the artistic mixed duet free event, while Yang Hao won his sixth career gold at worlds in the 10-meter platform diving.
The swimming events are set to begin on Sunday, but Australia’s three golds so far put them in second place behind China’s impressive performance. Cheng and Shi had previously won silver in the mixed duet technical event but improved on that with a routine inspired by “Romeo and Juliet.” 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 expressed their excitement about winning gold at the World Championship on Chinese New Year. The Chinese team has set a high standard, winning the majority of gold medals awarded so far.