Japan must be feeling let down in 2012 Olympics synchronized swimming. Russia won team gold while China bagged silver (video)
Russia seems to have some sort of affinity with difficult games or so it seems. Its gymnastics team is among the best in the world. Though this year it was given a very tough competition by United States gymnastics, especially among the female gymnastics, it has remained almost unchallenged in some fields including very difficult synchronised swimming.
The people who have seen synchronised swimming know fully that it needs far more dexterity to be able to manoeuvre in a synchronised swimming and synchronised diving than merely taking part in swimming and diving. But, for Russian athletes these acts look like normal things and they perform difficult stunts while smiling, making it look like child’s play.
To be true, it is the most glamorous sports in Olympics and there is so much rush for its tickets that many people have to leave disappointed as its tickets are sold the fastest compared to any other sport in Olympics. Women’s synchronized swimming didn’t become an Olympic sport until 1984, when both duets and teams of four to eight swimmers were allowed to compete. The sport is now ruled by the Federation Internationale de Natation Amateur or FINA. The US team holds world records for receiving a perfect score of ten 10s and for winning the most medals. Synchronized swimming has been the most successful American Olympic sport since its inception, as the US team has won gold or silver medals in each event.
To be true, the Russian team entered Friday’s free routine final with a top-ranking score of 49.47 points from Thursday’s technical routine. They carried the lead to a decisive win in the free routine with a performance of unmatched precision and power, scoring the highest 98.93 points, bringing their overall total to 197.030 points.
Another great women synchronised swimming powerhouse China, second after the technical routine ahead of Spain, consolidated their advantage in the free routine, scoring 97.010 points for an overall 194.010 to bag their first silver Olympic medal. The bronze medal went to Spain, who were second ahead of China at Beijing Games. The Spanish swimmers, wearing silver hats and costumes sequined like fish scales, staged powerful lifts and jumps to the theme of ocean creatures, gaining 96.92 points in the free routine towards their total of 193.120 points, nearly one point behind Chinese. This was the first time in the history of synchronised swimming when the Japanese side didn’t get a medal in the sport. They will be regretting the advantage they had in the sport so far.