Russia, Spain and Japan on synchro team podium, securing London berths

London 2012 Synchro

London (April 21) - Russia remained dominant on the penultimate day of competition of the FINA Olympic Games Synchronised Swimming Qualification as they sealed their place in the London Olympic Games.

The medallists Russia, Spain and Japan all secured their positions to compete at the London Olympic Games. Russia took to the water using the same routine that won them gold at the 2011 FINA World Championships in Shanghai and looked powerful from their first highlight.

The complex routine which featured a number of acrobatic moves impressed the packed crowd in the London Aquatics Centre. Russia completed their double cartwheel highlight with the same energy as their first and finished with an excellent final element and scored a total of 98.210 for their Free routine. They were awarded the gold medal with a score of 195.910.

The silver medal was awarded to Spain after they performed their sea monster inspired routine that showed of their creativity and power. The routine featured a number of highlights which allowed them to demonstrate their impressive height on their lifts and their artistry. They maintained their height throughout the routine and scored 97.120 and a combined total of 193.220.

Russia's team free routine - credit: Giorgio Scala

Japan and Ukraine were tied for third position after the Technical routine and knew they had to excel in the Free to secure their Olympic Team place. Ukraine went first in the draw and swam an excellent routine and finished to a Free routine score of 93.150 which gave them a total of 186.650. They had to wait until after Japan had swam to know their fate.

Team Japan - credit: Giorgio Scala

Japan were drawn in third and swam their routine to a high powered medley of music and showed impressive precision to finish to a score of 93.380 and took the bronze medal with a score of 186.880.