Spain walk the Stairway to Heaven

Germanys Lurz completes double in open water swimming; Britains Daley dives to gold

poetry in water: Spanish team performs during the team free combination synchronised swimming event at the World Championships in Rome . Reuters

The bold routine, which featured air guitar playing as the Led Zeppelin hit reached its crescendo, propelled them to victory with a score of 98.333.

China came second with 97.667 thanks a performance that included pieces from Swan Lake while Canada edged Italy to the bronze medal with a funky number.
The Russians, who did not have a team in this final, had dominated the discipline so far with victory in the team technical event followed by wins in the tech solo and duet classes.

Double for Lurz
Meanwhile, Germany's Thomas Lurz charged to victory in the 10km to complete an open water double on Wednesday, while Britain's Keri-Anne Payne won gold in the women's race.

Lurz pulled away in the closing stages to finish in one hour 52 minutes and 6.9 seconds on the waters at the Ostia beach resort near Rome to claim his eighth career world title after he won the 5km on Tuesday and his third at 10km, following triumphs in 2004 and 2006.

Andrew Gemmell of the United States was second and his compatriot Francis Crippen finished third, although his bronze medal is in doubt as he appeared to miss the gate to the finishing straight. Italy's Simone Ercoli was taken on a stretcher to an ambulance at the end of the race, apparently suffering from exhaustion.

Earlier Payne led virtually from start to finish to secure Britain's second gold in two days after 15-year-old Tom Daley became his country's first individual world diving champion on Tuesday in the men's 10m platform. She repelled a challenge from the chasing pack in the closing stages to power home in two hours one minute and 37.1 seconds, ahead of Russia's Ekatarina Seliverstova and Italy's Martina Grimaldi.

Guo, Daley top
China's Guo Jinjing said she would try to compete at the London 2012 Olympics after sealing her fifth straight three-metre springboard gold in diving. But compatriot Qiu Bo failed to fully re-establish China's superiority after a wobbly start to the championships when he lost out to British 15-year-old Tom Daley in the men's 10M platform final.

Guo, who has scooped more Olympic golds than any other female diver, led throughout the final and racked up an overall score of 388.20 from her five dives in the blistering heat.

Daley, his country's youngest competitor at the Beijing Games, seized gold after receiving eight 10s from the judges across his last two dives. China's Zhou Luxin took bronze.

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