Beijing 2011, Day 2: Spain retains team title at World Trophy

Spanish Shark - credit: Fei MaohuaThey are sharks, dolphins, crabs, turtles, octopus seaweeds, waves...Defending champion Spain retained the team routine title thanks to a fascinating performance of Ocean at the 2011 FINA Synchronised Swimming World Trophy at the Water Cube on Saturday.

The Spanish squad proved the proverb "one who laughs last, is the winner". Being the last ones to perform in the event, Spain attracted the audience from the beginning of their entrance and throughout the routine by imitating the ocean creatures, turning the Water Cube into deep ocean, for a victory worth 97.151 points.

"The Ocean is a rather new routine though we've performed once at the Shanghai worlds. After that we made some changes. I'm excited to see my swimmers' performance. They did a very good job!" said head coach Anna Tarres.

The host federation, who won two gold medals on the previous night, finished second with 94.525 points, performing on the symphony of "Yellow River" while Canada placed third with a total 93.813 with their routine inspired by Far West Cowboys and Indians.

"As a city team, we're honored to represent China as the hosts to compete in this World Trophy. The routine of Yellow River was invented by our team, and used by the national team at the Beijing Olympic Games, sealing China for the bronze medal. We're proud to have made it into a new look this time. We've done our best," China's head coach Wang Jie said.

The Ocean Performance of Spain - credit: Fei Maohua
The Ocean Performance of Spain - credit: Fei Maohua

Team Canada, whose swimmers come half from the national team and half the junior team, performed the same routine they did at the Shanghai worlds.
"I'm happy that some of my swimmers perform the routine for the first time because some of them are coming from the junior team. In fact, the national team has performed this routine for two years. We will not use the same routine for the next Olympic Games," said Canada's team manager Catherine Gosselin Despres.

Long-time powerhouse Russia took a surprising sixth place, behind Italy and United States.