December 2, 2012
China takes home 1st Synchro World Trophy title
Eliana Alves, FINA Press Commission Member
December 2, 2012 MEXICO CITY - The Free combination routine concluded the seventh edition of the FINA Synchronised Swimming World Trophy in Mexico. Dynamic and versatile, the Free combination features all the possibilities of this artistic discipline - solo, duet, trio and teams – in a single routine and China took again the spotlight on the last day, winning the overall competition with 384.625 points. Japan (379.450 points) and Ukraine (378.775 points) completed the podium, second and third respectively. The podium was the same in the Free combination routine.
China entered in this competition showing strength and confirming their intention to reach the top of the synchro world hierarchy. The Chinese girls delivered a vibrant routine wearing red swimsuits, the colour of the country, with an original choreography, marked by perfect body balance and height of figures.
The team of Japan received the highest score including all events in the competition for their Free combination routine: 97.375. China's biggest rival on the Asian continent used dramacity and beautiful figures to capture silver. Elegance and finesse were the assets of the young Ukrainian team to climb the podium with a total 95.400.
The host country, Mexico, produced a fine performance overall. The Mexicans, who renovated the team to have a good result at home, finished fifth, ahead of traditional synchro powerhouses Russia and USA.
Fans at the World Trophy were very enthusiastic and filled the stands. This edition of the World Trophy presented teams exploring always further the infinite resources of their sport and thanks to the very original competition format - notably the use of accessories - the event keeps getting more and more spectacular.