Doha World Aquatics Championship: Giving Team USA a Run for Their Money, Two Chinese Athletes Clinch Yet Another Gold

Published 02/08/2024, 3:00 PM EST

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Just five months before the commencement of the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris, the 2024 Doha World Aquatics Championships made a splash in the Arabian jewel of Doha. This is the first time the World Aquatics Championships are taking place in the Middle East, and the excitement is evident with the thrilling showdowns underway.

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The women’s duet free artistic swimming world title at the 2024 World Aquatics Championships in Doha on February 8 marked an important event in the competition. China blazed through, earning an important victory; thanks to its golden girls.

Chinese twins add another gold at the Doha World Aquatics Championships

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The 27-year-old twins, Wang Liuyi and Wang Qianyi, from China, continued their impressive streak at the World Aquatics Championships in Doha, Qatar, by winning another gold medal in the Women’s Duet Free Final. According to AP News, Wang Liuyi and Wang Qianyi scored a total of 250.7729 points, with 158.0229 for elements, 92.7500 for artistic impression, and a degree of difficulty of 42.150 when performing a routine called “Cheetah.”

This win adds to the sisters’ already impressive collection of medals in Doha. Additionally, they topped the podium in the duet technical routine and were part of the Chinese teams that won gold in both the team acrobatic and team technical events.

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It also marks their 10th overall world title in artistic swimming. As we note their impressive performance, let us also peek at the formidable competition they faced that kept them on their toes.

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The formidable competition at the Women’s Duet Free Final

The Women’s Duet Free Final in artistic swimming at the World Aquatics Championships in Doha, Qatar, saw an impressive competition between Wang Liuyi and Wang Qianyi from China. The Dutch twins, Bregje and Noortje de Brouwer, and Britain’s Kate Shortman and Isabelle Thorpe. The de Brouwer sisters presented a routine inspired by “Van Gogh” and missed the gold position by a slight margin, earning 250.4979 points and landing the silver medal. The Shortman and Thorpe performed a routine representing the “Rising Phoenix,” for which they scored 247.2626 points, taking home the bronze medal.

Another notable pair was Alisa Ozhogina and Iris Tio Casas from Spain, who finished fourth, and Audrey Lamothe and Jacqueline Simoneau from Canada, who finished fifth. The top three duet teams in the artistic swimming event at the 2024 World Aquatics Championships earned spots for their countries to compete in the duet event at the Paris 2024 Olympics.

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However, the final list of teams isn’t decided yet because there’s another team event, and countries that qualify for that will also get to send a duet team to the Olympics. As the team-free finals are scheduled for Friday, February 9, fans are waiting to see who will secure their spots at the Paris 2024 Olympics.

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Christaline Meyers

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Hello there! I'm Christaline Meyers, a Olympics Sports Writer for Essentially Sports. As an ardent lover of the sporting world, I've found my home in the dazzling world of Gymnastics, where elegance meets athleticism in gravity-defying routines. But my passion doesn't stop there; I'm a sports enthusiast with a taste for the wild waves of surfing, the adrenaline rush of Alpine Skiing, and the street-smart moves of skateboarding.
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