PR 24 - World-class synchro teams to book last three London tickets
Lausanne (SUI), April 17, 2012 – 161 athletes from 34 countries will take part in the Olympic Games Synchronised Swimming Qualification, a five-day competition starting April 18, the day which marks 100 days to go until the 2012 London Olympic Games.
The three teams to climb the podium will book a ticket for the synchronised swimming team event at the Olympic Games this summer. In the duet competition, two rounds will take place with the first qualifying 20 duets as follows: continental qualifiers, duets with a team qualified and the next ranked duets (up to 20). The second round will qualify the four highest-ranked duets.
Those expected to medal in London are world number 1 Russia and Spain, silver-medallist at the last Beijing Olympics. The battle for the minor medal will play out between former powers Japan and the United States, and rising force in the sport Ukraine.
Two synchronised swimming events are on the Olympic programme - duet and team - with a total six medals on offer. The classification is done by combining the scores of the technical and free routines.
The competition will also serve as a Test Event, the third to be carried out at the new state-of-the-art Aquatics Centre. This is a key opportunity for the teams to test the pool and familiarise with the venue ahead of the Games.
Those having already secured a London berth are continental qualifiers China, Australia, Egypt, Canada and host Great Britain.