Mexico 2013, Day 2: Russia-Spain-Ukraine take top spot in Highlight routine

November 30, 2013 MEXICO CITY - Day 2 of the FINA Synchronised Swimming World Trophy in Mexico City brought its lot of surprises with the teams of Russia, Spain and Ukraine tying for first place in the Synchro Highlight Routine, with a total 94.6670 points. Team China finished at the podium's door with 94.330 but bounced back to take out the Free Team, scoring an overall 95.5000, besting Ukraine and Spain, second and third, respectively.

The audience was delighted with the routines of the eight teams entered in the Synchro Highlight Routine, where all showed talent, strength and dynamism. Stories were told with original accessories: a dance of fire and mystery by Spain, pyramids and Pharaohs by Egypt, a circus celebrations with balloons and red noses by Mexico, birds and feathers by China and giant scarves by Russia, to name a few.

Five countries were on track for medals in the Free Team. China performed an outstanding routine, scoring an overall 95.5000. Ukraine, whose team delivered a vibrant artistic performance, was second with 94.5000 points. Spain claimed third spot with a total 92.6670.

Bouncing act by Team Ukraine - credit: Pablo Salazar

Esther Jouma, Spain's coach, said on the result: "We have now seen some very interesting things, the staging of some countries has been spectacular so we tied at the top."

Spanish synchro star Ona Carbonell said: "I really wanted to be here, the public is totally dedicated and cheerful! This event is different than the World or European Championships because here we try very artistic and innovative routines."

Greek coach Natalia Chenvska also commented on the event: "We're having so much fun in this competition! Our Highlight routine is the story of a girl who went for a walk and encounters witches, which makes it an interesting story."

Mexico performing in Thematic Team - credit: Giorgio Scala