Artistic Swimming’s Lee Ri-yeong 이리영 (23, Busan Swimming Association) has secured a spot in the finals of the FINA World Championships for the second consecutive time in the Solo Technical event.
However, in the Duet Technical event, where she partnered with Heo Yun-seo (18, Apgujeong High School), they unfortunately failed to advance to the finals.
On the 14th, at the Marine Messe Fukuoka Hall in Fukuoka, Japan, during the preliminary round of the 2023 FINA World Championships in Artistic Swimming Solo Technical, Lee Yi-young scored 201.7866 points, placing 8th out of 30 participants.
With this result, Lee Ri-yeong has secured a ticket to the finals, which will be held on the 15th at 7:30 PM.
She received an artistic score of 91.4500 points and an execution score of 110.3366 points.
Lee Ri-yeong, who failed to reach the finals in both the 2017 Budapest and 2019 Gwangju competitions, made it to the finals after finishing 12th in the Solo Technical preliminary round at the 2021 Budapest World Championships.
For a Korean athlete, it was the first time in 13 years since Park Hyun-sun in the 2009 Rome competition to advance to the finals of the World Championships in Artistic Swimming, and the first time since the introduction of the current scoring system in 2013. Lee Ri-yeong finished 12th in the finals.
Lee Ri-yeong, who improved her skills significantly within a year, progressed to a higher rank in the preliminary round compared to the previous year.
Furthermore, Lee Ri-yeong became the first Korean Artistic Swimming athlete to reach the finals of the World Championships for two consecutive years.
In the Solo Technical preliminary round, Yuki Inui (Japan), who won the gold medal in both Solo Technical and Solo Free at last year’s World Championships, took first place with a score of 273.2700.
In the Duet Technical preliminary round, where she competed with Heo Yun-seo, Lee Ri-yeong received a score of 204.8133, including an artistic score of 91.6500 and an execution score of 113.6633, placing 13th out of 38 teams.
They received a score of 215.2700 (artistic score: 101.8500, execution score: 113.4200), finishing 12th and narrowly missing out on advancing to the finals behind Higa Moe-Yasunaga Mashiro (Japan) by a margin of 10.4567 points.
Lee Ri-yeong and Heo Yun-seo reached the Duet Technical finals at last year’s Budapest World Championships, marking the first time a Korean team advanced to the finals in the Artistic Swimming Duet event since the introduction of the current scoring system.
However, they were unable to secure consecutive finals appearances.
In the Duet Technical preliminary round, the Chinese twin sisters Wang Li-Wang Chen took first place with a score of 280.3334, earning their ticket to the finals.
Lee Ri-yeong and Heo Yun-seo will once again compete in the Duet Free on the 18th as they strive to advance to the finals. 파워볼사이트