Solomou makes final in synchronized swimming

Greek synchronized swimming champion Despina Solomou will be in the final of the singles competition at the World Aquatics Championship in Rome today. Solomou, 19, gained 90,500 points in the qualifying round yesterday and managed to be among the top 12 athletes in the world by finishing seventh. If she holds on to that spot in the final which begins at noon, she will have registered the best ever showing by Greece in a world championship. The other Greek participation in the championship yesterday was by the women’s water polo team, which started its games in Pool B with a 14-9 loss to European champion Russia. Tomorrow Greece faces Kazakhstan. The 5-kilometer open-sea swimming race that was scheduled to take place yesterday with the participation of three Greeks was postponed. The support facilities had been damaged by a storm late last week and the race is now set to take place tomorrow. This is just a day before the 10-kilometer race, in which the same athletes are also to take part.