SYNCHRONISED swimmer Ona Carbonell has just won Spain its first medal of the World Championships currently being held in Budapest, Hungary, with her solo routine La Serpiente ('The Serpent').
Wearing a green snakeskin-print swimming costume and performing to the musical track The Feeling Begins, Carbonell's incredible 93.6534 point score was even better than her amazing 92.3893 yesterday (Friday), and far enough ahead of her nearest rival to put her comfortably in second place.
Only Russia's Svetlana Kolesnichenko managed to beat Ona's score, netting 95.2036 for the gold – a feat helped by the fact that the current Technical Solo and Freestyle Solo world champions, her compatriots Svetlana Romashina and Natalia Ishchenko respectively, were not competing.
Ona's routine put her well ahead of Ukraine's Anna Voloshyna's 91.9992, giving the latter the bronze medal and pipping Japan's Yukiko Inui at the post, pushing her into fourth place with 91.7490 points.
The Spaniard's silver means she has successfully replicated her performance two years ago at the World Championships in Kazan, Russia, whilst collecting the 19th medal at this level in her career.