ARTISTIC SWIMMING Preview: Inui and Simoneau face off in Canada, while Carbonell and Yakhno compete in Barcelona World Series

Canada's Pan American Games gold medalist Jacqueline Simoneau

The seventh and eighth stages of the FINA Artistic Swimming World Series overlap this weekend:

30 May-01 June: PEPS Aquatic Centre at the University of Laval in Quebec City
31 May-02 June: Piscina Sant Jordi in Barcelona

In Quebec City, the Japanese and Canadian teams who starred in the World Series stop in Greensboro (USA) last weekend will be back in action. This especially means Japan’s Yukiko Inui – the star of the 2019 World Series so far – will try to duplicate wins in the Solo Free and Solo Technical events, and with Megumu Yoshida in the Duet Technical and Duet Free programs.

Inui will be challenged by Canada’s Jacqueline Simoneau in the Solo events and the Japanese will once again face Simoneau and Claudia Holzner in the Duet events; the Canadians were runners-up to Japan last week.

Japan won all three team events it entered in Greensboro, but will not compete in Quebec City, leaving the way open for the Canadian teams.

In Barcelona, Spanish star Ona Carbonell, the 2017 World Championships silver medalist in the Solo Technical and Solo Duet events, will be back in World Series action for the first time this season. She will face a considerable challenge from Ukraine’s Yelyzaveta Yakhno, the 2018 European Solo Technical silver medalist and 2017 Worlds bronze medalist in Duet Tech and Duet Free.

Look for results from Quebec City here, and from Barcelona here.