Beijing Olympics 2008 - Synchronised Swimming

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Beijing 2008 Synchronised Swimming - Team Review

via Mary Harper.

Russia wins, China with first medal


The second final of the synchronised swimming programme – the team event – concluded with the expected victory of Russia, which was also first after the preliminaries. In a routine marked by technical perfection and spectacular movements, the Russians swimmers got eight ‘10’ from the judges and finished with an accumulated total of 99.500 (the final note included the free programme and the technical presentation). It was the second title for the Europeans in these Games (after the duet event), the same outcome of Athens 2004. With this triumph, the emblematic Russian pair Anastasia Davydova / Anastasia Ermakova got the fourth gold of their career, the best ever in the history of Olympic synchronised swimming.

If the gold medal was quite predictable, the second place was also logical, with Spain getting its second silver of the Games. In the duet event, the Spaniards had already confirmed their evolution in recent years, and after the preliminaries in team (where they were also second), it became evident that they were the only real opponents to the Russians. In the final, and presenting a programme already displayed at the 2007 FINA World Championships in Melbourne (AUS) – inspired by African choreographies and dances – Spain got marks ranging from 9.8 to 9.9 and concluded with a total of 98.251.

Beijing 2008 Synchronised Swimming - Duet Review

Via Mary Hooper (note Great Britain finshed in joint 13th place so did not qualify for this final)

Third gold for the Anastasias, first medal for Spain


In the first final of synchronised swimming at these Olympic Games in Beijing (CHN), the Russian duet Anastasia Ermakova / Anastasia Davydova confirmed why they will be remembered as the best swimmers in the history of the discipline. After getting both titles (duet and team) in Athens 2004, the Anastasias performed an amazing duet free routine in Beijing, collecting eight perfect ‘10’ (including all five for Technical Merit) out of the 10 judges of the competition. An extraordinary harvest that naturally gave them the gold and the third Olympic title of their careers: if they triumph in the team event, they will be the most ‘golden’ athletes in the history of the Games – besides them, only their compatriots Maria Kisseleva and Olga Brusnikina also got three gold medals in 2000 (duet & team) and 2004 (team). The Anastasias have also collected eight titles each at the FINA World Championships since 2001!

Beijing 2008 Synchronised Swimming: Team Event Technical and Free Routines

The Russians have now won gold in both the Duet and Team Event competitions for three consecutive Olympic Games. Russia has also won Team Event gold at the past five world championships.

Russia's technical routine scored 49.500, giving them an imposing 0.583 lead over second-placed Spain. Their new free routine score of 50.000 gave thme a total of 99.500 to end Spain's challenge. The Spaniards took silver with 98.251. The improving Chinese Synchronized Swimming team swam impressively to claim their country's first Olympic Synchronized Swimming medal, a bronze for 97.334, after twins Jiang Tingting and Jiang Wenwen had finished fourth in the Duet.

For some teams, the names of their routines were almost as compelling as their performances. China featured the 'Spirit of the Chinese Sword' (Team Technical), the United States created 'The Rebirth of Christ' (Duet Free) and Canada devised 'Chinese Astrology' (Team Free).

Jennifer Gray was a judge in both the Duet and Team Event Technical Routine

Beijing 2008 Synchronised Swimming: Duet Free Routine - Randall and Allison just miss Final

The Duet competition at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games continues to be led by the Russian duet Anastasia Davydova and Anastasia Ermakova, whose near perfect routine earned them 49.50 points ahead of the Spanish and Japanese pairings.

British Synchronised Swimmers Jenna Randall and Olivia Allison just missed out on the final. The duo, who were aiming for a top 16 finish at their first Olympics, went into the free routine lying in 14th place. After exceeding their expectations in the technical routine yesterday the pair went into their free routine with added confidence.

National Performance Director Biz Price increased the difficulty throughout the girls' routines and with the free routine being their most competent routine they knew they would be able to score well.

The girls scored between 8.8 and 9.2 in their free routine to help them remain above their closest rivals. In total Randall and Allison scored 89.333 in the free routine to continue their impressive form from earlier this summer.

Beijing 2008 Synchronised Swimming - Duet Technical Routine - Russia lead Spain as GB move up to 14th

Monday's technical routine is the first of three competitions for synchro duet teams at the Beijing Olympic Games, with the free routine on Tuesday, and the final free routine on Wednesday, when medals will be decided.

Defending Olympic and world champions, Anastasia Davydova and Anastasia Ermakova of Russia are in the lead after scoring 49.334 out of a possible 50. Spain's Andrea Fuentes and Gemma Mengual, who won gold at the 2008 Olympic qualifier, are in second place. Sitting in third are Japan's Saho Harada and Emiko Suzuki.

British Synchronised Swimming Duet, Jenna Randall and Olivia Allison, showcased their abilities in the technical routine. The pair have continued to progress throughout the year and after National Performance Director Biz Price added extra difficulty to their routines the girls stepped up and showed they have the potential to compete on a world stage.

Randall and Allison, who recently secured a personal best score at the Barcelona Open in July, took to the water with confidence and performed the required elements well. They showed consistent height on the boosts and executed the whole routine to an improved standard to secure scores of high eights.

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