British history was made in the artistic swimming and diving at the World Aquatics Championships in Doha on Monday.
Kate Shortman and Izzy Thorpe swam to silver in the women’s duet technical final to claim the first medal by a Great Britain duet at a World Championships.
Competing together at their fifth World Championships, the pair went into the final having placed third in the prelims.
With its high degree of difficulty, their Big Ben-inspired routine earned them an overall mark of 259.56 to send them to the top of the leaderboard with only two teams remaining.
While China eclipsed their score, Spain fell short as the British duo celebrated a historic silver.
“It means so much, I can’t even put it into words. I just hope it’s inspiring some young girls and boys back at home, and we can lead the way for some of them and that there’s a bright future for artistic swimming in the UK,” said Thorpe.
Shortman added: “The confidence that this will give us will translate into the Free Duet. To get a silver medal at World Champs, in Olympic year, is crazy.”
Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix became the first British woman to win an individual World Championship medal in an Olympic event with bronze in the 10m platform.
The reigning European champion was third throughout the competition although Kim Mi Rae of North Korea came within three points at halfway.
However, Spendolini-Sirieix extended her lead on her last two dives, finishing off with a back 2 ½ somersaults and 1 ½ twists in a pike position.
That earned her 81.60pts – her joint-highest scoring dive – to take third with 377.10pts behind Chinese pair Quan Hongchan and Chen Yuxi.
It was a second medal for Spendolini-Sirieix at Doha 2024 following gold in the team event.
She said: “It’s been a long wait.
“My first World Champs in Budapest, I didn’t even make the semifinals, and then last year (in Fukuoka) I didn’t make the final.
“So to be able to make the final and also on to the medal table, it’s incredible.
“By the grace of God, I am so happy, it’s amazing.”
Giorgio Minisini claimed his ninth world medal with silver in the men’s solo technical.
The Italian scored 245.3166 behind Chinese winner Yang Shuncheng.
Minisini, who was sixth with Susanna Pedotti in the mixed duet technical, said: “I was very sad about the mixed duet final because many years of experience do not make you infallible.
“I just felt for my coaches and duet partner. I would even change medals for that but this is something that happened and we have to look forward to other competitions and we both still have free solo.”