Natalia Vega was part of the US line-up that won the women's duet free at the Artistic Swimming World Series event in Berlin ©Getty Images

France and the United States won the women’s duet events on the first day of the International Swimming Federation (FINA) Artistic Swimming World Series leg in Paris.

After FINA banned Russian and Belarusian athletes from competing in its events due to the war in Ukraine, competitors from those two countries were absent from this leg, having performed strongly in the opening virtual leg of the series, when they competed as neutrals.

In the women’s duet technical, France’s team of Oriane Jaillardon, Romane Lunel and Sasha Comte were victorious with a score of 83.7000 points.

Silver medals went to Greece’s line-up of Eleni Fragkaki, Krystalenia Gialama and Ifigeneia Krommydaki with a score of 82.7753 points.

The podium was completed by Israel’s team of Shelly Bobritsky, Ariel Nassee and Nikol Nahshonov, who scored 82.4852 points.

In the women’s duet free victory went to the United States line-up of Megumi Field, Natalia Vega and Daniella Ramirez with a score of 85.7667 points.

Silver medals went to Israel’s team of Bobritsky, Nassee and Nahshonov who scored 83.8000 points.

Bronze medals went to France’s line-up of Comte, Lunel and Lalie Chassaigne, who completed the podium with a score of 83.2333 points.

Eight more finals are scheduled to be decided tomorrow - the women’s and men’s solo free, women’s and men’s solo technical, women’s and mixed team highlights and women’s and mixed team free combinations.