FINA Synchronised Swimming World Cup
The World Cup is a four-day elite-level synchronised swimming competition held every four years with Solo, Duet, Team (divided into Technical and Free Routines) and Free Combination on the programme.
Each Member Federation may enter no more than one swimmer or team per event, with a maximum of 12 athletes. The Federation with the highest sum of all final results from the various events is the World Cup winner.
The last edition of the World Cup was organised in Quebec City (CAN) from October 2-5, 2014.
Synchro World Cup 2014, Day 4: China and Ukraine win gold in a great final day
The dramatic theme of the “Phantom of the Opera" opened the last day of competition at the 13th FINA Synchronised Swimming World Cup and gave China a 100% success as the Asian delegation won every event in which it participated. The 10 Chinese athletes achieved 95.4000 points in the final free combination, at Laval’s University aquatic centre in Québec City (CAN). The Team Highlight and a gala event, with the participation of many countries that were fighting for medals, closed the World Cup in great style.
The head coach of the Chinese team, Mayuko Fujiki, said that the competition was important to provide valuable experience for the new athletes: “As I said in the beginning of the event, the team includes many novelties, both in terms of athletes and officials. Moreover, we are now focusing on the work that will allow swimmers to have additional strength and speed in the water. Our main goal is to stay at each event closer to the Russian team. They were not here, but the competition was very important for the girls’ self-confidence. I think that we will collect the benefits of this work at the 2015 FINA World Championships, in Kazan. I could see in Quebec that we are in the right way. Meanwhile, we will participate in many Open Championships, maybe in France and in Brazil”, she explained.
The "golden" team of China - Photo credit: Giorgio Scala/Deepbluemedia
Synchro World Cup 2014, Day 3: China's Huang/Sun win duet free
China leaves this penultimate day of competition at the 13th FINA Synchro World Cup as the winner of all gold medals. On Saturday October 4, they won at the University of Laval pool the duet free routine and team technical events. In the latter, which finished the day of an intensive programme, swimmers performed on 'The Faith' to give more a show of precision, synchronisation and artistic creativity routines, scoring an overall 188.0322.
Japan got the silver medal with a slightly bigger margin than in the technical event to outscore Ukraine. The Asians scored 182.4088 points while the Europeans settled for third with 181.9573.
Synchro World Cup 2014, Day 2: China leads way in team tech as well
Already heading first in the technical duet on Day 1, China topped the preliminaries in the technical team on Day 2 of the FINA Synchronised Swimming World Cup in Quebec City. The Chinese team showed a routine called 'Anges Noirs' (Black Angels), swimming to the music 'City of Bones' to score a total 92.7655 points. Ukraine (90.0906) and Japan (90.0755) follow with very tight scores.
According to their Japanese coach Mayuko Fujiki, the Chinese team has been entirely renovated since the London Olympics in 2012: "With the exception of two swimmers, the whole team is new. The coaching staff is new as well so they work differently now. Up to London, China was known as a team which focused on beauty, ballet and plasticity; they won silver at the Olympics, finishing close to Russia. To beat them, we must use more strength, technique and power. We're happy because we see here that it is working."
Synchro World Cup 2014, Day 1: China provisional leader in Duet
The technical duet event opened on October 2 the 13th edition of the FINA Synchronised Swimming World Cup, with all 17 countries represented. The Chinese took the lead of this competition debut at the Aquatic Centre of the Laval Université in Québec City (CAN). Xuechen Huang and Sun Wenyan totalled 92.2374 points with the theme “He is the sound of a pirate”, from Hans Zimmer, and a very vigorous routine.
The Chinese duet getting ready for their routine - Photo credit: Giorgio Scala/Deepbluemedia