Lucia Santiago, FINA Press Correspondent in Spain

The fifth (out of seven) leg of the FINA Synchronised Swimming World Series is starting today in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, in the Canary Islands. The Spanish Open – the official name of the competition – will be contested until May 28 and is the most important synchronised swimming event of the year in Spain.

This explains the emotion of Ona Carbonell in a press conference that took place this Thursday at the Club Natacion Metropole.

"I was eleven years old when I came to this club for the first time. I have very good memories and this time I feel a mix of illusion and joy. It is a good opportunity for the Spanish national team and we all are really excited. We compete at home, in such a big event like this", said Carbonell.

The competition will be celebrated at the outdoor swimming pool of Club Natacion Metropole. Similar conditions will be found by the swimmers in Budapest, at the FINA World Championships next July.

Winner of two Olympic medals, Ona Carbonell continued: "It will be a great challenge, a great test before the World Championships".

The event goes under way this Friday, with the preliminary Solo and Team technical routines. The Solo and Team medals will be decided on Saturday while duet events reach their conclusion on Sunday.