June 10, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Bill May will join two women competing in the new mixed duet synchronized swimming event at the world championships in July.

May advanced to the world meet in Kazan, Russia, after a second set of trials in Las Vegas last weekend.

He will be joined by former Olympians Christina Jones and Kristina Lum Underwood for the mixed duet. The event was added to international meets late last year by FINA, swimming's world governing body.

He and Jones will compete in the technical routine, and he will be joined by Underwood in the free routine. The final is July 30.

May was once barred from competing in international synchro meets in the predominantly female sport because of his gender.

He became the first man to win a national synchro title in the U.S. and teamed with Lum to win a silver medal at the 1998 Goodwill Games. May is in the sport's U.S. hall of fame and currently performs in Cirque du Soleil's ''O'' show in Las Vegas.

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