Aleksandr Maltsev completed the competition with three golds ©Getty Images

The Russian and Belarusian swimmers participating as neutrals under the flag and banner of the International Swimming Federation (FINA) have won more medals on the second day of the first leg of the Artistic Swimming World Series, hosted by Canada and the United States.

Russian Aleksandr Maltsev, alongside teammates Olesia Platonova and Mayya Gurbanberdieva, were victorious in the mixed duet free after scoring 91.9000 points.

This was Maltsev’s third gold at the event while it was Gurbanberdieva’s second.

In second were Japanese duo Tomoka and Yotaro Sato with 82.7000 points and Puerto Ricans Javier Enrique Ruisanchez Torres Zayas and Nicolle Adriana Torrens Mercada achieved bronze for scoring 63.2333.

The neutral Belarusians added to their one bronze medal yesterday by securing a silver and bronze.

The second-place finish came in the women’s team free event after they lost to gold medallists Canada by a small margin.

Just 1.4667 points separated Canada’s 84.7000 and the neutrals’ 83.2333.

Mayya Gurbanberdieva won her second gold of the competition on day two ©Getty Images
Mayya Gurbanberdieva won her second gold of the competition on day two ©Getty Images

The women’s duet free discipline saw the pairing of Marharyta Kiryliuk and Valeryia Valasach pick up bronze, despite scoring 83.7333.

The American trio of Megumi Field, Natalie Cristina Vega Figueroa and Anita Alvarez totalled 84.9000 to claim the crown and South Korea’s Yoonseo Hur, Lee Ri-young and Seoyeon Baek tallied 84.2000 to secure silver.

The United States won another gold, this time in the mixed team highlight after putting up an unbeatable 84.6333 against Canada.

The Canadians just missed out on top spot as they totalled 82.9667 - 1.6666 points below the Americans.

Eve Planeix won France’s first gold of the competition in the women’s solo free by scoring 87.4667.

Japan’s Yuka Kawase totalled 84.2667 to finish second and Switzerland’s Emma Grosvenor tallied 77.9667 to claim bronze.

FINA told insidethegames that Russian and Belarusians competed in the virtual competition because it was recorded "prior to the war in Ukraine" and they deemed the event to be "low risk to the health and safety of athletes".

Their participation in future artistic swimming competitions is "under review".