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Friday, 26 July, 2002, 16:49 GMT 17:49 UK

Carver-Dias claims title

Claire Carver-Dias maintained Canada's domination of Commonwealth Games synchronised swimming as she cruised to gold in the solo event.

England's Gayle Adamson took the silver with a score of 87.917 and Australia's Naomi Young won bronze with 85.834.

Canada have now won all of the nine solo and duet titles since the sport was introduced to the Games in 1986.

Carver-Dias, who was making her Commonwealth Games debut, finished first in both the technical and free programmes with a total of 93.834 points.

"It is a real boost for British and English synchronised swimming"
Silver medallist Gayle Adamson

The Olympic bronze medallist's free routine did not earn a single mark below 9.3.

"When I was getting my marks, I saw number one come up and I started to cry," she said.

"My performance felt really good considering it's been such a long day.

"I was up at five this morning, after going to the opening ceremony last night, so I needed a bit more energy than usual but I pulled through."

Adamson felt her performance was a shot in the arm for the sport in Britain.

She said: "The Canadians are still very strong but to beat Australia here today is a real boost for British and English synchronised swimming."

Adamson's second place bettered her performance of four years ago when she claimed bronze in her first Games in Kuala Lumpur.

"It was fantastic today. Kuala Lumpur was a great experience but I was only young then," she added.

"I knew coming into these championships that they were going to be special."

South Africa's Judi van Niekerk, Suzanna Ghazali Bujang of Malaysia and Scotland's Pauline McFadden filled the minor placings.

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