China had a dominant first week at the World Aquatics Championships, finishing with more titles in artistic swimming and diving to top the medal table with 16 golds out of 29. Cheng Wentao and Shi Haoyu retained their world title in the artistic mixed duet free event. Additionally, Yang Hao won the 10-meter platform diving for a sixth career gold at worlds. Australia claimed the other gold medal on offer as diver Maddison Keeney paired with Domonic Bedggood to win the mixed 3-meter synchronized springboard event, which China did not compete in.
As swimming events are set to start on Sunday, Australia’s three gold medals so far are the best of the rest of the world behind China’s success in Doha. Cheng and Shi had previously taken silver in the mixed duet technical event last weekend. Their victory with a routine on the theme of “Romeo and Juliet” at the Aspire Dome arena was a special one as they were able to win on the Chinese New Year.
Their score of 224.1437 points was more than 15 points ahead of silver medalists Mireia Hernandez and Dennis Gonzalez of Spain. The bronze medal went to Mexico’s Trinidad Meza and Diego Villalobos. This wave of success for China have solidified their top position on the medal table.