Schedule & Results: Catch Up
The Barra Aquatics Centre won’t know what hit it when the glitz and glamour of the synchronised swimming competition arrives in Rio. Behind the glitter and waterproof make-up will be more than one hundred athletes performing immensely difficult routines which require strength, flexibility, underwater endurance and countless hours of practice.
The competition is an opportunity for athletes to give the world an insight into their culture with teams traditionally performing routines which represent their country. At the 2015 World Championships, where Australia qualified for the Games, the Aussies pulled off a routine about red back spiders while at the London 2012 Games they performed to AC/DC.
Athletes to watch: Australia will compete in both the Team and Duet event, with London Olympian Bianca Hammett to lead the way as Australian Captain. The Team secured qualification for the Rio Games at the 2015 World Championships after it scored more points across the Team technical and free than New Zealand to claim the Oceania spot.
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Qualification, Nomination & Selection
Australia secured qualification for the Rio Games at the 2015 World Championships. The Australian team scored more points than New Zealand across the Team technical and free events to claim Oceania’s spot at the Rio 2016 Games.
Competition Format & Events
There are two events on the Olympic synchronised swimming program: team and duet. In the team event there are eight teams and in the duet there are 24 pairs.
Team - In the team competition, nine athletes perform a technical routine followed by a free routine.
The technical routine requires the execution of nine elements in the time limit of 2 minutes, 50 seconds. Teams can perform to the music of their choice.
The free routine is performed in a time limit of 4 minutes, and teams can perform a routine of their choice. Choice of music, content and choreography is unrestricted.
The scores from each routine are combined to determine the final rankings.
Duet - Duets must also perform a technical and free routine, however a preliminary round of both narrows the field to 12 pairs. In the final round, athletes perform their free routine again. The result is combined with the score from the technical routine in the preliminary round to determine the team's final ranking.
In the preliminary round technical routine, duets must complete eight elements in the time limit of 2 minutes, 20 seconds. Duets can perform to the music of their choice. The score from the technical routine accounts for 50 percent of their preliminary score, and 50 percent of their final score if in the top 12.
For the free routine, swimmers perform any combination to music of their choice in a time limit of 3 minutes, 30 seconds.
For the final 12, duets generally execute the same routine as done in the preliminary round.
Australia and Olympic Synchronised Swimming
Australia it yet to claim an Olympic medal in synchronised swimming, but its origin is distinctly Australian. At the turn of the 20th century, Annette Kellerman, an Australian swimmer, toured the United States performing water acrobatics. Her shows proved very popular and a sport was born.
Donella Burridge represented Australia when synchronised swimming debuted at the Los Angeles Games in 1984 and placed 12th in the solo event. At the London Games Australia’s team claimed eighth with Eloise Amberger and Sarah Bombell finishing 23rd in the duet competition.
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Did you know
- Synchronised swimming and rhythmic gymnastics are the only Olympic disciplines that are for women only.
- A small clip of hard plastic or wire with a thin rubber coating is used to stop water from entering the nose during underwater movements. Goggles and additional clothing is not permitted.
- The water temperature must be 26 degrees Celsius, plus or minus one degree, according to FINA guidelines for all synchronised swimming events.
Pre-Rio AUS Tally
5 (Days 9-11, 13-14)
- Medal Events
2 (2 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze)
- Total Athletes
- AUS Athletes
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