FINA Synchro World Trophy

The FINA Synchronised Swimming World Trophy is a unique competition which celebrates the beauty and artistry of synchronised swimming. 

Created in 2006, the three-day event gathers eight to twelve teams from the strongest nations in the sport every year. The innovative competition formula features a Highlight routine, a Thematic Duet, a Thematic Team and a Free Combination, where marks are given for artistic impression only.

Moscow (RUS), Rio de Janeiro (BRA), Madrid (ESP), Montreal (CAN), Beijing (CHN) and Mexico City (MEX) have successfully hosted the event. In 2014, the ninth edition of the FINA Synchronised Swimming World Trophy will take place in Beijing (CHN) on December 12-14.

Mexico 2013, Day 3: Mexico, place of joy again for Chinese team

December 1, 2013 MEXICO CITY - The Chinese team obtained their second crown at the FINA Synchronised Swimming World Trophy, winning in convincing fashion three out of the four events at stake, on December 1, 2013 in Mexico City (MEX).

China ranked first with a total 379.8340 points, Ukraine captured the silver with 375.6680 while Spain secured the bronze with an overall score of 373.8330.

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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.

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Mexico 2013, Day 1: Blasting creativity, China wins Thematic duet

November 29, 2013 MEXICO CITY - Tremendous creativity was on display in the Thematic duet, the first event of the 8th FINA Synchronised Swimming World Trophy, organised from November 29 to December 1, 2013 at Mexico state's Aquatic Complex "Joaquín Capilla".

The ten participating countries - China, Spain , Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, USA, Italy , Egypt, Greece and host Mexico - delighted the audience with their routines reflecting their own country's culture.

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Mexico 2012, Day 3: China takes home 1st Synchro World Trophy title

Chinese Team - credit: Giorgio ScalaDecember 2, 2012 MEXICO CITY - The Free combination routine concluded the seventh edition of the FINA Synchronised Swimming World Trophy in Mexico. Dynamic and versatile, the Free combination features all the possibilities of this artistic discipline - solo, duet, trio and teams – in a single routine and China took again the spotlight on the last day, winning the overall competition with 384.625 points. Japan (379.450 points) and Ukraine (378.775 points) completed the podium, second and third respectively. The podium was the same in the Free combination routine.

China entered in this competition showing strength and confirming their intention to reach the top of the synchro world hierarchy. The Chinese girls delivered a vibrant routine wearing red swimsuits, the colour of the country, with an original choreography, marked by perfect body balance and height of figures.

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Mexico 2012, Day 2: China wins Thematic team, Japan and Ukraine also on podium

China's Thematic Team - credit: Giorgio ScalaDecember 1, 2012 MEXICO CITY - The softness of Chinese folk songs and the energy of the samurai highlighted the second day of the 7th FINA Synchro World Trophy, marked by very creative routines. On day 2, the Chinese team received again very high scores for their near-perfect performance. The team (Or Liu, Xi Luo, Xuechen Huang, Wu Ywen, Jiachen Fan, Lele Yu Xiaoujun chen, Wenyan One, Si Chang and Li Guo) totalled a winning score of 96.338.

The Chinese swimmers transformed the pool into a dance floor, thrilling both the judges and audience with the mega hit song "Gagnam Style". The Japanese filled the pool with mystery when they climbed on the deck dressed as samurai using features such as dry ice.

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Mexico 2012, Day 1: China dominates in Synchro highlight and Thematic duet

Canada's Highlight Routine - credit: Giorgio ScalaNovember 30, 2012 MEXICO CITY - The seventh edition of the FINA Synchronised Swimming World Trophy started with all the energy and "plasticity" of the Synchro highlight routines and thematic duets. All participating countries - Russia, China, USA, Canada, Great Britain, Netherlands, Brazil, Japan, Mexico and Ukraine - will present at the Mexican Olympic Sports Centre pool a show that keeps getting more and more spectacular since the competition was firstly launched in 2006. More specifically, the use of accessories is allowed and time on deck can exceed 10 seconds. All of these aspects without sacrificing the technique of the sport.

Asia dominated the first event of the competition, the Synchro Highlight routine, with China (95.788 points) and Japan (95.238 points) finishing on top, showing very different styles. While the Chinese chose to use at the same time delicacy and vigor in their birds-themed routine, the Japanese used several accessories and their theatrical skills in a daring choreography that featured an armed dispute by power. Both teams displayed creativity and a high degree of difficulty in their routine.

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Beijing 2011, Day 3: Spain retains title, Russia ends at podium's door

Host China finished third - credit: Fei MaohuaSpain's stunning performance by the music "Stairways to Heaven", a routine they have been presenting since the 2009 FINA World Championships in Rome, definitely stole the show on the final day of the 2011 FINA Synchronised Swimming World Trophy where the last event, Free Combination, was contested at Beijing's Water Cube. Canada finished second while China claimed third spot, ahead of the Russian team.

The last and longest event of the competition is the only one to be performed under the same FINA Rules that usually apply in other competitions. As a result, no accessories or additional equipment is permitted in the routine.

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Beijing 2011, Day 2: Spain retains team title at World Trophy

Spanish Shark - credit: Fei MaohuaThey are sharks, dolphins, crabs, turtles, octopus seaweeds, waves...Defending champion Spain retained the team routine title thanks to a fascinating performance of Ocean at the 2011 FINA Synchronised Swimming World Trophy at the Water Cube on Saturday.

The Spanish squad proved the proverb "one who laughs last, is the winner". Being the last ones to perform in the event, Spain attracted the audience from the beginning of their entrance and throughout the routine by imitating the ocean creatures, turning the Water Cube into deep ocean, for a victory worth 97.151 points.

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Beijing 2011, Day 1: Host China wins two titles on opening night

After the Thematic Duet - credit: Fei MaohuaChina claimed the two titles in the Synchro Highlight Routine and Thematic Duet on the first day of the 2011 FINA Synchronised Swimming World Trophy at the Water Cube in Beijing on Friday. It is the first time that China wins at the World Trophy since the event was firstly launched in 2006.  The World Trophy allows the use of accessories and the time on the deck may exceed 10 seconds.

It also has an exclusive programme with scores given for artistic impression only and the teams' routine must be inspired by the culture of the host country, i.e. China. All teams performed with different Chinese style, including music, Chi-Pao, dragon dance, silk fans and so on.

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Moscow 2010, Day 3: Spain renews with victory in Moscow

It was an expected victory for Spain in this fifth edition of the FINA Synchronised Swimming World Trophy taking place in the Russian capital, Moscow. The Iberians, winner of all team events, triumphed with a cumulative score of 389.375. Russia followed behind, having won “only” the duet, for an overall tally of 387.375 while Ukraine, third in team, duet and Combination, made a terrific World Trophy debut, completing the podium with an accumulated total of 381.000.  

As a result, the podium was exclusively European, with Canada finishing fourth overall, after a third place finish in the Synchro Highlight Routine on Day 1. The North Americans had won at home last year. Japan followed in fifth place while China, surprisingly, occupied the sixth position. It is a big disappointment for the Chinese, who placed fourth in 2009 and second in 2008. Closing the overall ranking, Egypt continues to better its marks, showing a clear progression since its first participation in 2006 also in Moscow.

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