Anna Voloshyna triumphed in the solo technical routine in Toronto ©Getty Images

Ukraine’s Anna Voloshyna denied the host nation a gold medal on the opening day of the International Swimming Federation (FINA) Synchronised Swimming World Series event in Toronto.

The home crowd were hopeful Jacqueline Simoneau could finish top of the podium in the solo technical routine in the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre.

A close contest with Voloshyna would eventually go in favour of the Ukrainian swimmer, with less than one point separating the two swimmers.

Voloshyna, a silver medal in the discipline at last year’s European Championships, achieved a score of 90.8138 points.

It pushed Simoneau into second place, with the Canadian being awarded a total of 89.9691.

“In France the routine was still quite new for me and so it was about giving me a chance to get the judges’ feedback and see if there were points that we could improve,” said Simoneau.

“Then in Japan it felt more like my routine, and I executed my elements a lot better.

“Competing here, less than a week later, I was really able to step it up.

“I corrected a few little mistakes that I made in Japan, but I felt like I really owned it.”

Jacqueline Simoneau settled for second place for the host nation ©Getty Images
Jacqueline Simoneau settled for second place for the host nation ©Getty Images

The podium was completed by Colombia’s Daniela Dominguez Daza, who scored 73.1515.

Ukraine were the sole competitors in the team highlight competition, with their squad achieving a score of 90.5 for their routine.

The fourth stage of the World Series is being held in conjunction with the Canadian Open.

Competition will continue tomorrow with the technical duet and mixed technical duet finals, along with the free solo and team technical events.

The World Series event will draw to a close on Saturday (May 6).