Alison Bartosik and Anna Kozlova earned a bronze in the synchronized swimming duet final, finishing behind the Russians and Japanese.

Anastasia Davydova and Anastasia Ermakova won the gold with 99.334 points. Miya Tachibana and Miho Takeda took silver with 98.417.

Bartosik and Kozlova totaled 96.918 points for their tribute to Greek mythology that evoked a Medusa theme. They had snakes on their sequined green, gold and white suits and headpieces.

They created serpent images by intertwining their legs and arms in the water while the music "Gorky Park" and three other dramatic compositions blared on the loudspeakers.

The Americans climbed out of the outdoor pool to await their scores, then gave synchronized waves to the sellout crowd as a fan shouted, "Way to go, USA!"

Bartosik and Kozlova received technical marks of mostly 9.8 and 9.7, and their artistic scores were no higher than 9.8.

The red-sequined Russians scissor-kicked their way through a lively routine to "Don Quixote," popping out of the water at exactly the same time. Davydova and Ermakova held up the red, white and blue Russian flag as their scores flashed on the board: three 10.0 marks for technical merit, and 10.0 marks from all five judges for artistic merit.

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Alison Bartosik, left, and Anna Kozlova are in sync for U.S. bronze medal.