27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

Kiseleva: It was difficult for Romashina to attend solo routine at Universiade

It was difficult for the synchro swimmer Svetlana Romashina to participate in the solo routine at the Summer Universiade 2013, since she had no such experience, believes the tree-time Olympic synchronised swimming champion Maria Kiseleva.

Romashina won the gold in the solo routine at the Summer Universiade 2013 in Kazan, clearly being the leader of the competition, reports R-Sport. "Svetlana is undoubtedly the winner of this tournament. She is absolutely at another level, a very high one. I was very much impressed by Svetlana's performance, she was very good. Especially since it was rather difficult for her to take part in the solo routine," Kiseleva said in her conversation with journalists. "She did the solo routine when she was still a young girl, at the very beginning of her career in synchronised swimming, and for the last eight years she had never performed solo, just part as a team. The feelings and emotions are completely different when you perform in the solo routine, in a duet routine or as a team. Therefore, I am extremely glad that Svetlana managed all events."

Kazan’s winner in synchronised swimming revealed a new image which, according to Kiseleva, "inspired not only judges, but also the audience." "It became clear during strong ovations," she added. It is not yet known if Romashina will compete in the solo routine at the World Championship in Barcelona (July-August). "That is not a question for me, you should ask Svetlana, coach Tatyana Danchenko and Russia's head coach Tatyana Pokrovskoya," Kiseleva said. The Summer Universiade 2013 in Kazan ends on July 17.

«R-Sport», 1 July 2013