Giorgio Minisini and Manila Flamini earned Italy its first gold medal of the world aquatics championships by winning the mixed duet technical synchronized swimming competition on Monday in Budapest, Hungary.

Minisini and Flamini finished with a total of 90.2979 points, edging Russia’s Mikhaela Kalancha and Aleksandr Maltsev by just 0.034 of a point.

Italy claims mixed duet gold at aquatics worlds4:49

Bill May and Kanako Spendlove claimed bronze for the United States with 87.6682 points. Spendlove won four medals (one gold, three silver) at the worlds in 2003 and 2005 when she was representing Japan.

Canada’s Rene Robert Prevost and Isabelle Rampling finished sixth with 82.3413 points.

Canada’s mixed duet synchro team settles for 6th in Budapest4:36

Minisini and Flamini’s win brings Italy’s medal tally at the worlds to one gold, one silver and three bronze.

With files from CBC Sports