Russia, first in Duet tech, leads the way towards London 2012

London 2012 Synchro

London (April 18) - Olympic Champions Russia team laid down their intent for this summer’s Games with a dominating performance on the first day of the FINA Olympic Games Synchronised Swimming Qualification, presented by VISA, at London's brand new Aquatics Centre, the venue for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Day one of the competition began with the Duet Technical routine and Russia were drawn fifth. The Duet of Natalia Ischenko and Svetlana Romashina demonstrated their strengths from the start of the routine with perfect timing on their first figure. 


The pair that were swimming a Michael Jackson inspired routine impressed the crowd and judges with their precise execution and speed in the water. Ischenko and Romashina scored 97.800 to take the lead in the competition. 


Natalia Ischenko and Svetlana Romashina Duet (RUS) - credit: Giorgio Scala
Natalia Ischenko and Svetlana Romashina Duet (RUS) - credit: Giorgio Scala


The Spanish duet go into the Technical routine ranked in second position after their traditional Flamenco inspired performance. The duet, which features Andrea Fuentes and Ona Carbonell, demonstrated their excellent speed with their legs throughout the routine and scored a total of 96.200 after performing their required elements well.


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Spain's Andrea Fuentes / Ona Carbonell - credit: Giorgio Scala


With only three places left available at the Olympics, the vital third place after the Technical programme is Japan. The Duet of Chisa Kobayashi and Mariko Sakai performed to a medley of "Aria Queen of the Night" and "Victory Drive" and were recognised for their execution of their elements. They scored a total of 92.200.


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Chisa Kobayashi and Mariko Sakai (JPN) - credit: Giorgio Scala