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

Synchro World Trophy

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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Moscow 2010, Day 2: Spain ahead of Russia, Ukraine third

Synchro World Trophy


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.

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Moscow 2010, Day 1: Spain and Russia start favourites

Synchro World Trophy

The FINA Synchronised Swimming World Trophy is holding its fifth edition from December 3-5, 2010 at the “Olimpiyskiy” pool in Moscow, Russia. The Russian capital already hosted the World Trophy for its inaugural edition in 2006. In today’s first session, all seven participating nations – Canada, China, Egypt, Japan, Russia, Spain and Ukraine – took to the stage to perform in two events: the Synchro Highlight Routine and the Thematic Duet. The World Trophy has an exclusive programme with scores given for Artistic Impression only (i.e. choreography, interpretation of music and manner of presentation) and events are held as direct finals.


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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Japan collects 48 golds at Asian Games

Federations News

Mr. Sheikh Ahmad Fahad Al-Sabah, the president of Olympic Council of Asia called as OCA closed the 16th Asian Games on November 28, 2010. The largest ever Asian Games ended successfully. The Games was held in Guanzhou, China. China did a very good job not only building a huge sports complex but also conducting the Games.

All Asian countries, 45 participating delegations in all, did their best and enjoyed the Games. China won 199 gold medals, Korea 76 and Japan 48, out of a total 477 gold medals.

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World Cup winner Alshammar and Olympic champion Frolander head up Sweden’s bid for glory in Dubai

FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)

Therese Alshammar and Lars Frolander, two of the greatest swimmers in the history of the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), are heading up Sweden’s bid for glory at this month’s event in Dubai.

The duo, both multiple medallists from past events, are the most prominent names in a powerful squad of 20 that also includes Sarah Sjostrom, the world record-holder in the 100m butterfly.

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