Jiang Wenwen and Jiang Tingting

Paris, March 12 (IANS) China’s star sisters Jiang Wenwen and Jiang Tingting won the duet technical title at the FINA Synchronised Swimming World Series here on Sunday.

The twin sisters, who made history by finishing fourth in pairs synchronised swimming at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008, retired after the National Games in 2013. They each decided to make a comeback in 2015 after having daughters, reports Xinhua news agency.

In the final which was contested by 28 pairs, the Chinese sisters collected 91.4818 points to win their first title after their comeback. The silver medal went to Japan’s Yukiko Inui and Mai Nakamura, bronze medallists at the 2016 Rio Games, who scored 90.1401 points. Ukraine’s Anna Voloshyna and Anastasiya Savchuk earned bronze.

“We failed to win in Germany last week due to a lack of preparation,” said Jiang Wenwen. “So today we are very happy.”

China also took a silver in the free combination final, while the gold went to an inspired Japanese squad. France won their first medal of the competition, finishing third.

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