Beijing, China (Sports Network) - The defending Olympic and world champion Russian pair of Anastasia Ermakova and Anastasia Davydova were in the lead through the technical routine of synchronized swimming.
The duo, who hadn't performed at an international competition since their gold medal performance in Melbourne last year at the World Championships, had a score of 49.334 from the five judges.
The Spanish team of Andrea Fuentes and Gemma Mengual are second at 48.834, while third is Saho Harada and Emiko Suzuki of Japan.
China's Jiang Tingting Jiang Wenwen, identical twins, were in fourth place, just ahead of the U.S. tandem of Christina Jones and Andrea Nott.
The U.S. pair will carry a 47.750 into Tuesday's free routine.
"We are really proud of what we are bringing to the table," said Jones. "We are taking a risk, we have nothing to lose. Our free routine is off the wall, nothing like this has ever been before. And our expectation is for people to remember us."
08/18 05:37:36 ET