FINA World Junior Synchro Championships
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) successfully hosted the 14th edition of this event from July 30 - August 3, 2014.
Helsinki 2014: Japan breaks Russia’s dominance in Combination final
Japan broke Russia’s dominance sweeping all four gold medals three times consecutively at the FINA World Junior Synchronised Swimming Championships in Helsinki. The ten-member Japan team won the spectacular and lively free combination final, full of youthful joy, scoring 90.4 points as the last team out. The Russians, who had performed just before stayed on 90.3 points - the deciding margin a mere 0.1 points.
There were a lot of Japanese tears and laughs to be seen around the podium and a triumphal piece of collective joy as the girls grabbed head coach Risako Takita below the podium and threw her in the pool.
Helsinki 2014: Japanese duo close to upend top favourite Russia
Perennial favourite Russia added two more to its multitude of titles in juniors’ synchro swimming (15 to 18 years), but it won Saturday’s first event at the 14th FINA World Junior Synchronised Swimming Championships in Helsinki, Finland, the duet only with a very slight margin ahead of Japan. Two 17-year-old twins from Moscow, Anastasia and Daria Bayandina edged out Japan’s duo of Kano Omata and Asuka Tasaki by a hair’s breadth, 0.13 points.
Russia later took the team event title with the Bayandina sisters picking up a second gold medal for the day, while Omata and Tasaki added silvers of their own.
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.