London 2012 Synchro

Synchro, Team Final – Golden streak for Russia, Chinese butterflies steal silver from Spanish mermaids

London 2012 Synchro


Once upon a time...Glittering butterflies, crocodiles, mermaids, dinosaurs, spiders, all were part of the fairy tales that were told to the 17,000-strong audience during the team free routine final on the last day of the Olympic synchronised swimming competition at London's Aquatics Centre. The eight teams in competition put on a spectacular, breath-taking show, scissor-kicking and intertwining 128 legs in all throughout their respective 4-minute long programme. 

Swimming to the military-inspired music pieces of War and Step by Denis Garnizov, defending Olympic champion Russia delivered a near-perfect, complex choreography that received a powerful score of 197.030 (tech 98.100, free 98.930), sealing an unbeaten golden streak of four synchro team crowns. The synchro superpower began an unstoppable reign over the sport with a breakthrough victory at the 2000 Olympic Games, and winning nothing but gold from then on. 

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Synchro day 3 - Russia retains duet title, Spain's London joy

London 2012 Synchro


Russia's Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina cruised to victory in the first final of the Olympic synchronised swimming competition, the duet, winning their first Olympic medal in this event and the fourth consecutive for Russia. This is the second Olympic title for Ishchenko, already a multiple World champion (with 16 gold), after her first place in the team event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Looking like spooky puppets, the Russian duo chose a piece inspired by horror movies Suspiria and Sleepy Hollow, to captivate the audience and the judges throughout their much theatrical performance which they mastered with an unmatched level of technique. They started with two successive throws and perfectly mirrored each other to the end of the routine, amassing a total score of 197.100. 

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Russia, China and Spain make top-3 ahead of duet final

London 2012 Synchro

The crowd reserved a loud reception for the 104 competitors of the 2012 Olympic Games synchronised swimming duet competition, taking place from August 5-7 at London's brand new Aquatics Centre. The 24 duets performed a technical routine on day 1 (August 5) and a free routine on day 2 (August 6), the scores of which are combined to decide the twelve duets that will advance to the final, scheduled for August 7.

Recently-formed Russian duo, Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina, delivered a speedy technical routine on Michael Jackson's "They Don't Care About Us", earning 98.200. On the following day, they swam to near-perfection their free programme, receiving an impressive 98.600, for a total score of 196.800. "They first swam this routine at the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai but we changed half of it for the London Olympics, we added many new elements and increased the difficulty," said coach Tatiana Dachenko.

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Last synchro duets decided for London Olympics

London 2012 Synchro

Italy Duet of Day 3 - credit: Giorgio ScalaLondon (April 22) - The final day of the FINA Olympic Games Synchronised Swimming Qualification saw the final four places in the Duet fought out with Israel, Switzerland, Austria and Hungary securing their Olympic positions.

The second round in the Duets was focused on the Free routine and the eight entries were fighting for the four top positions. Israel began the competition drawn in first place and put in a strong performance to score an improved Free routine total of 83.780 and finished in first place with a total of 168.580.

The second position went to Switzerland who demonstrated good height and improved synchronicity to score 83.780 and a total of 165.980.

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Russia, Spain and Japan on synchro team podium, securing London berths

London 2012 Synchro

London (April 21) - Russia remained dominant on the penultimate day of competition of the FINA Olympic Games Synchronised Swimming Qualification as they sealed their place in the London Olympic Games.

The medallists Russia, Spain and Japan all secured their positions to compete at the London Olympic Games. Russia took to the water using the same routine that won them gold at the 2011 FINA World Championships in Shanghai and looked powerful from their first highlight.


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Russian duo wins first synchro gold

London 2012 Synchro

London (April 20) - The medals in the Duet were sealed on the third day of competition at the FINA Olympic Games Synchronised Swimming Qualification at the London Aquatics Centre. Russia, Spain and Ukraine excelled in both the Technical and Free routines to secure the medals in the Duet programme.

The Russian duet, which features Natalia Ischenko and Svetlana Romashina, performed their Dolls routine, which they presented at the FINA World Championships in Shanghai last year, with high speed and unmatched  precision. Ischenko and Romashina scored highly for the height in the boosts and for the near perfect execution of their complex routine.

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Russia, Spain place 1-2 in Team tech, Japan and Ukraine tie for third

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London (April 19) - Day two of the FINA Olympic Games Synchronised Swimming Qualification saw the Russian team prove dominant in the Team Technical routine. After enjoying success on day one of the competition. The Russian team pushed on to an accomplished performance with their Russian dance inspired routine.

Drawn in sixth, the athletes took to the starting platform with confidence and began their routine with their usual precision and impressive technique. They demonstrated their required elements with ease and they finished the routine to a final score of 97.700.

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Russia, first in Duet tech, leads the way towards London 2012

London 2012 Synchro

London (April 18) - Olympic Champions Russia team laid down their intent for this summer’s Games with a dominating performance on the first day of the FINA Olympic Games Synchronised Swimming Qualification, presented by VISA, at London's brand new Aquatics Centre, the venue for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Day one of the competition began with the Duet Technical routine and Russia were drawn fifth. The Duet of Natalia Ischenko and Svetlana Romashina demonstrated their strengths from the start of the routine with perfect timing on their first figure. 

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