Synchronised swimming at the 1998 World Aquatics Championships

A synchronized swimming competition was held at the 1998 World Aquatics Championships, in Perth, Western Australia between 8 and 17 January 1998.[1]


Synchronised swimming is one of four disciplines that has been contested at every World Aquatics Championships, along with swimming, diving, and water polo.[1] The 1998 competition was the seventh World Aquatics Championships. However, synchronised swimming is unique at the championships, in that only women compete in the discipline. For the 1998 edition, three events were contested; solo, duet, and team routines. The Russian team was dominant, winning the gold medal in all three events contested.[2] Olga Sedakova became only the fourth woman to win a gold medal in every discipline at the same championships, following Teresa Andersen in the first World Aquatics Championships in 1973, Carolyn Waldo in 1986, and Becky Dyroen-Lancer at the previous competition in 1994.[3] North America had their worst showing ever at the World Aquatics Championships, Canada did not win any medals in synchronised swimming for the first time ever. The United States missed the podium in the solo and duet competitions, after winning at least one medal in those disciplines at every previous competition.[1]

Medals table

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Russia 3 0 0 3
2  Japan 0 2 1 3
3  France 0 1 1 2
4  United States 0 0 1 1

Medal summary

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Solo routine
 Olga Sedakova (RUS)
 Virginie Dedieu (FRA)
 Miya Tachibana (JPN)
Duet routine
 Olga Brusnikina (RUS)
 Olga Sedakova (RUS)
 Miya Tachibana (JPN)
 Miho Takeda (JPN)
 Virginie Dedieu (FRA)
 Myriam Lignot (FRA)
Team routine
 Russia (RUS)
Olga Sedakova
Maria Kisseleva
Anna Iouraeva
Olga Medvedeva
Anna Maslova
Olga Brusnikina
Elena Azarova
Olga Novokchtchenova
Alexandra Vassina
Elena Barantseva

 Japan (JPN)
Raika Fujii
Yoko Isoda
Miho Kawabe
Mika Kawabe
Rei Jimbo
Akiko Miyazaki
Riho Nakajima
Miya Tachibana
Miho Takeda
Yuko Yoneda

 United States (USA)
Carrie Barton
Kara Duncan
Bridget Finn
Tracie Gayeski
Rebecca Jasontek
Tina Kasid
Kristina Lum
Emily Marsh
Elicia Marshall
Kim Wurzel


Multiple Medal Winners

Other than Sedakova, several other competitors won multiple medals. For Russia, Olga Brusnikina, won gold in the duet and team routines. Japan had two multiple winners; Miya Tachibana won bronze in the solo, and silver with partner Miho Takeda in both the duet and team competitions. For France Virginie Dedieu won a silver in the solo competition, and a bronze in the duet.[1]


  1. 1 2 3 4 Meuret, Jean-Louis (After Rome 2009). The history of FINA. Vol 9; Synchronised Swimming. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. "Swimming: Year In Review 1998::Synchronized Swimming". Encyclopaedia Britannica. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  3. "Synchro Rome 2009". FINA. 8 July 2009. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
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