BERLIN (AP) Svetlana Kolesnichenko helped Russia to its first gold medals at the European swimming championship by contributing to wins in both the duet and team free synchronized finals on Saturday.
''It is really thrilling to have the chance to win two gold medals on one day. This has never happened to me before,'' said Kolesnichenko, who paired up with Daria Korobova to win the duet, and then Vlada Chigireva for the team victory.
Ukraine's Lolita Ananasova and Anna Voloshyna took silver in the duet, just beating Spanish pair Ona Carbonell and Paula Klamburg, who had to settle for bronze.
The positions were repeated in the team final, with Ananasova and Olena Grechykhina claiming silver for Ukraine, while Clara Basiana Canellas and Alba Cabello Rodilla got the bronze for Spain.
The Netherlands team of Ferry Weertman, Marcel Schouten and Sharon Van Rouwendaal claimed gold in the open water team 5-kilometer swimming event, ahead of Greece and Germany, respectively.
Weertmann won the men's 10K race on Thursday, while Rouwendaal won the women's 10K event the day before.