Barcelona and the Royal Spanish Swimming Federation are getting ready to welcome many of the best artistic swimmers of the planet, gathering in the Catalonian capital to compete in both the Super Final of the 2021 FINA Artistic Swimming World Series, but also at the FINA’s Olympic Qualification Tournament to determine the athletes for the remaining spots for the Tokyo Games.
The two competitions will run in parallel from June 10-13, 2021.
At the Olympic Games, the Artistic Swimming programme includes two events, the Duet and the Team. The results for those two events are calculated by adding 50% of the Technical Routines’ scores to 50% of the Free Routines’ scores for each participant.
The Artistic Swimming World Series’ events programme, aimed at showcasing the development, inclusiveness, and the growth of the discipline, also features the Technical and Free Solo events in both the Female and Male categories, as well as the Mixed Duet events and the very exciting Combination and Highlight events.
27 nations are expected to compete in Spain for the Artistic Swimming Qualification Tournament.
On the Duet competition for Tokyo, and before the Spanish rendezvous, 11 countries, Russia, China, Japan, Ukraine, Spain, Canada, Mexico, Kazakhstan, Egypt, South Africa and Australia already have earned starting rights at the Games (in which the Duet competition will comprise 22 pairs).
Fifteen other duets are expected to participate in Barcelona. The Duets representing Austria, Italy, France, the United States of America, Greece, all among the Top 16 at the Rio Olympics, will have to prove themselves once again as they face the Duets from Germany, Liechtenstein, Netherlands, San Marino, and Hungary, who are all determined to showcase their improvements and demonstrate that they are also in the mix for one of the seven qualification spots. The remaining three duets will come from the qualification of the Teams, also in Barcelona.
Concerning precisely the Team event, Australia, Canada, China, Egypt, Japan, Russia and Ukraine have already secured their appearance in Tokyo by winning their Continental Championships or with their finish at the Gwangju 2019 World Championships.
Entries from host Spain, France, Greece, Italy, Korea, and the United States of America will ensure a thrilling fight for each other for the three remaining qualification spots for Tokyo.
Great finale for the World Series
While the FINA Artistic Swimming World Series circuit has been around since 2017, the Super Final leg originated in 2019. At the Super Final, the first twelve highest-ranked National Federations in each event (Solo, Duet, Mixed Duet and Teams) are invited to attend and continue to collect points to determine the winner in each category.
After the first and only Super Final in Budapest, Hungary in 2019, the 2020 circuit only saw the first leg, in Paris France, contested, as the world was brought to a halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
For the 2021 Super Final in Barcelona, all National federations were invited to participate and continue earning points towards the final ranking and price monies. The only requirement is the participation in at least two ASWS legs, including the Super Final.
World Series Overall Ranking after 3 legs.
Follow along the excitement of world class Artistic Swimming competition for the qualification for the Tokyo Olympic Games, as well as the for the final ranking of the 2020 FINA Artistic Swimming World Series, by streaming on FINA.org. All results will be posted on the FINA website and be available on the FINA app.