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.
Beijing 2011, Day 1: Host China wins two titles on opening night
China 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.
Moscow 2010, Day 3: Spain renews with victory in Moscow
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.
Moscow 2010, Day 2: Spain ahead of Russia, Ukraine third
Day 2 of the FINA Synchronised Swimming World Trophy taking place in Moscow, Russia, was firstly marked by the Solo Exhibition, which featured a selection of the world’s best soloists. For the first time, the event was not judged and the performers included rising stars Risako Mitsui from Japan and Lolita Ananasova from Ukraine as well as Italian diva Beatrice Adelizzi and Russia’s synchronised swimming icon Natalia Ishchenko.
Risako Mitsui (JPN) offered the audience an outstanding performance, in a delightful mix of strength and softness while European bronze medallist Lolita Ananasova (UKR) brought life to the lyrics of “Je t’aime” by Belgian-born singer Lara Fabian, creating an extremely emotional atmosphere.
Moscow 2010, Day 1: Spain and Russia start favourites
SYNCHRO HIGHLIGHT ROUTINE
It’s a first award winning performance for Spain which bested Russia in the Synchro Highlight Routine, totalling 96.500 points. The Spaniards set the tone from the beginning, wearing a golden swimsuit and mask, displaying perfect synchronisation – not an easy task with 12 swimmers in the water! – and excelling in creativity, especially regarding the lifts; one of them involved a swimmer in a bridge-like position over another swimmer performing the same position.
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