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Anastasia Zueva (RIA Novosti / STF)


Russia’s backstroke swimmer Anastasia Zueva has claimed the first medal for Russia in swimming at the Worlds Aquatics Championships in Shanghai.

Zhao Jing of China gave the home crowd an early thrill, winning the women’s 100-meter backstroke.

Zhao finished in 59.05 seconds, leaving Anastasia Zueva just one hundredth of a second behind. This is Russia’s first medal in the Shanghai pool.

Natalie Coughlin of the United States, who led after 50 meters, earned the bronze in 59.15 seconds.

Briton Gemma Spofforth, the defending champion and world record holder, failed to make the final because of a bout of food poisoning in Shanghai over the weekend.


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