FINA World Junior Synchro Championships
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Since 1989, FINA organises World Junior Championships for synchronised swimmers. The biannual, five-day event gathers more than 200 swimmers aged 15 to 18 years old from about 30 national federations.
The competition format is divided into preliminaries (with Solo, Duet, Team and Free Combination), a figure competition and finals (with Solo, Duet, Team and Free Combination).
After Volos (GRE) in 2012, Helsinki (FIN) will host the 14th edition of this event from July 30 - August 3, 2014.
Volos 2012, day 5: Two more gold medals for Russia on final day
Russia's Vlada Chigireva won the gold medal in the Solo final of the 13th FINA World Junior Synchronised Swimming Championships that concluded on September 16, 2012 in Volos (GRE).
Chigireva, already winner of this event in the previous Championships (2010 Indianapolis), got the title in 170.9870 and was followed by Hikaru Kazumori of Japan (163.4881) and by Canada’s Jacqueline Simoneau (162.4059).
Volos 2012, day 4: Russia wins Duet and Team events
Russia retained its Duet title at the 13th FINA World Junior Synchronised Swimming Championships, being held in Volos (GRE) from September 12-16, 2012. Represented by Milena Miteva and Elena Prokofyeva, Russia earned the gold medal in 168.5908, revalidating the previous World Championships's title in Indianapolis 2010. With this success, Russians have now reached 31 gold medals at World Junior Synchronised Swimming Championships, including eight consecutive titles in the Duet event since 1999.
Japan's pair, composed by Hikaru Kazumori and Momoka Tamoura earned silver with a combined score of 162.7664, while Ukraine (Kateryna Reznik and Anastasiya Savchuk) were third with 160.5239.
Volos 2012, day 1-3: Vlada Chigireva first in Figure Competition
Russia's Vlada Chigireva took the first place in the Figure Competition event (79.6870) held on September 13, 2012, at the 13th FINA World Junior Synchronised Swimming Championships, organised in the indoor Swimming pool of Nea Ionia in Volos (GRE).
Competitors from Russia occupied the first five places of this event, while in sixth Japan's Hikaru Kazumori swam in 77.2481. Two more Russian athletes and one from Japan ranked until ninth place and in tenth was Canadian Jacqueline Simoneau (75.5759). Russia was dominant in the preliminaries of the solo, duet, team and free combination events held in the initial days in Volos.
Indianapolis 2010, day 5: Russia bags more gold in Solo and Combination
Russia collected two additional gold medals in the finals of the Solo Free Routine and Combination events at the 12th FINA/eSynchro World Junior Synchronised Swimming Championships held at “The Nat” on the campus of IUPUI in Indianapolis. The world’s most elite junior synchronised swimmers have been competing in Indianapolis since Wednesday, at "The Nat", the Indiana University Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI.
The Russian federation has swept all of the gold medals in this FINA Junior World Championships, something that they have done a total of five times in the past decade. The Russian juniors have also won 24 European Junior titles.
Indianapolis 2010, day 4: Russia captures gold medals in Duet and Team
Russia collected two gold medals in the finals of the Duet Free and the Team Free Routine competitions at the 12th FINA/eSynchro World Junior Synchronised Swimming Championships held at “The Nat” on the campus of IUPUI in Indianapolis (USA). The Russian duet and their eight person team repeated as gold medal winners in these events. The team from Russia has won the Team Free Routine in every edition of the FINA Junior Championships since 1998. The Russian juniors have also won 24 European Junior titles.
Two athletes from Ukraine swam well enough in today’s Duet Free event to earn silver medals while the eight athletes representing China earned the silver medal in the Team Free Routine event. The duet and teams from Canada welcomed the bronze medal in each event. It was their nation's best performance since the 2002 junior edition held in the Olympic swimming pool in Montreal, Canada.
Indianapolis 2010, day 3: Finals begin Saturday in Indianapolis
The stage is set for the finals of the 12th FINA/eSynchro World Junior Synchronised Swimming Championships at the IU Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI. The world's most elite junior synchronised swimmers finished competing in the figures competition on Friday. Scores from Wednesday and Thursday's preliminaries will be combined with Friday’s figure scores to determine the 12 finalists in the solo, duet and the team free routine.
The finals in the Duet Free Routine and in the Team Free Routine will be held on Saturday. The world junior champions in both the Solo Free Routine and the Free Routine Combination events will be crowned Sunday at the conclusion of finals.
Indianapolis 2010, day 2: Russia prevails in Solo and Combination events
The energy and the enthusiasm of FINA’s youngest athletes was evident and also contagious during the preliminaries of the Combination at “The Nat” on the campus of IUPUI in Indianapolis. The second day of competition of the 12th FINA/eSynchro World Junior Synchronised Swimming Championships yielded few surprises in the evening's Combination Event or the morning’s preliminary Solo stage.
Athletes from Russia, Ukraine, China and Canada found themselves in the top three spots in the Solo and combination events after the preliminary rounds. The Solo requires a swimmer to synchronise a routine to music. The Combination is considered a fan-favorite and incorporates a variety of different routines into one four and a half minute programme. Ten athletes from each nation swam a programme set to the music that gave their performances a unique signature reflecting their athleticism and artistry.
Indianapolis 2010, day 1: Russia, Ukraine and Canada start favourite
Some of the future stars of the 2016 Olympics in Brazil displayed their creativity and athleticism today during the first day of competition at the 12th FINA/eSynchro World Junior Synchronised Swimming Championships. The five day competition is being held at the Indiana University Natatorium ( "The Nat") on the campus of IUPUI. This spectacular venue was the site of the 2007 USA Synchronised Swimming’s National Championships where the USA’s 2008 Olympic Team and the 2009 World Championship teams were selected. The 1984, 1988 and the 1996 US Olympic Synchronised Swimming teams were also selected at this venue.
"The Nat” is often referred to as the House of Champions. Huge banners hang from the ceiling with the photos of American swimming heroes including Janet Evans and Matt Biondi along with banners of many other US legends. Painted on the wall behind the diving well are the names of every athlete who qualified for a US Olympic team during their respective US Olympic Trials. Arguably the greatest aquatic venue in American history, "The Nat" has hosted more aquatic national championships and selection events than any other US venue. USA Swimming selected their Olympic teams for the 1984, 1992, 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games at the “Nat”. USA Diving held their Olympic Trials in 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996 and in 2000.