May and Spendlove Claim Another Bronze at FINA World Championships

July 22, 2017, 4:32 p.m. (ET)
Kanako Kitao Spendlove and Bill May won bronze in the mixed duet free final Saturday at the FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Liz Corman)


BUDAPEST, Hungary – Team USA’s Bill May (Cicero, N.Y./Las Vegas) and Kanako Kitao Spendlove (Las Vegas) added to their impressive FINA World Championships medal haul Saturday, winning bronze in the mixed duet free final as the synchro events concluded.

May and Spendlove finished with 88.7667 points in the final. The duo, which had qualified for the final by placing third in the prelim, also won bronze in the mixed duet tech final earlier in the championships.

Russia’s Mikhaela Kalancha amd Aleksandr Maltsev won gold with 92.6000 points, and Italy’s Mariangela Perrupato and Giorgio Minisini took silver at 91.1000.

Spendlove has won six medals over three World Championships, while May has earned four over the past two Worlds. In addition to two bronze medals in 2017, Spendlove won gold and silver in free combo and team, respectively, in 2003, and two silvers in the same events in 2005, all for her native Japan. May won gold and silver medals in 2015, the first year men were allowed to compete at the World Championships.