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Russian synchronized swimmer Natalia Ishchenko has won four Olympic gold medals


08-18-2016 11:06 BJT

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One of the most decorated athletes still competing here at the Olympics is Russian synchronised swimmer Natalia Ishchenko. She has won gold in Beijing, London, and now Rio -- with one event still to come -- and has 19 world championship titles.


Russia's Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina compete during the duets free routine final of synchronised swimming at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 16, 2016. Russia's Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina won the gold medal. (Xinhua/Han Yuqing)

While she was busy preparing for tomorrow's event, Tracey Holmes managed to spend some time with her mother Irina, and first coach Lada Stepanovich, who were recognized today as sponsors of the "Thank you Mum" campaign.

Irina said, "Its a happy feeling, and a bit nervous, but I think for any mother, it is happy feeling when your child is winning something."

Lada said, "I am Natasha's first coach, because 14 years ago, I put Natasha to the Moscow school for training. But we still remained our friendship, and I'm very happy to be here to see the championships of Natasha's, and very happy that she is winning. We always have this supportive relationship. I'm really very happy with her success."

Irina also said, "Sports is about fighting, and training, and its very hard. Obviously I am worried about our daughter, how is her health, and how is her feelings. To me when I see my daughter in the highest level of competition, wining gold medal, I think I was right. The only feeling is that I have done everything perfect. If time goes back I will repeat my choice all the same again."

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