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Aquatics synchronized swimming Schedule and Venue for Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Aquatics-Synchronized Swimming at Olympics: Synchronized swimming is the combination of swimming, gymnastics and ballet. Synchronized swimming had been recorded in the late nineteenth century. According to many the swimming discipline has developed from the figure swimming event, which was performed by a group of male swimmers in Berlin. However, synchronized swimming originated as a competitive sport event in the early twentieth century. Annette Kellerman, the Australian swimmer gave a performance in a glass tank in 1907. Then, the sport was known as "water ballet". Following her was Katherine Curtis, who included diving actions and stunts in the program in 1915. The next famous name in synchronized swimming was Esther Williams. In 1930s, Curtis in the nomenclature of the sport and the sport was named "synchronized swimming". Synchronized swimming seems to be an absolutely easy exercise.

Rio 2016 Summer Olympics Synchronized Swimming Schedule

DateStart TimeEnd TimeDisciplineGenderEventsMedalVenueZone
Aug 14, 201611:0013:10Synchronised swimmingFWomen's Duets Free RoutineNoMaria Lenk Aquatics CentreBarra
Aug 15, 201611:0012:40Synchronised swimmingFWomen's Duets Technical RoutineNoMaria Lenk Aquatics CentreBarra
Aug 16, 201614:0015:30Synchronised swimmingFWomen's Duet Free Routine FinalYesMaria Lenk Aquatics CentreBarra
Aug 18, 201613:0013:45Synchronised swimmingFWomen's Team Technical RoutineNoMaria Lenk Aquatics CentreBarra
Aug 19, 201612:0013:30Synchronised swimmingFWomen's Team Free RoutineYesMaria Lenk Aquatics CentreBarra

However, under water, the sport demands much physical strength, stamina, suppleness, elegance and artistic quality. Moreover, one has to have excellent control over his or her breathing power. During the performance of synchronized swimming nose clips are a must for the swimmers. The nose clip helps a swimmer to remain immersed in water for long period. The swimmers use gelatin to keep the hair in place. During the program, an under water speaker is used to play the music so that the swimmers can hear it. The Federation Internationale de Natation Amateur or FINA is the administrator of Synchronized Swimming at the international stage.

Synchronized Swimming in Summer Olympics : Synchronized swimming was included in the schedule of the Summer Games between 1948 and 1964 as an exhibition sport event. The sport appeared as a full medal sport event in the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games. In the Games, competition was held in two categories-duet and solo. The competition was open to only women. The solo competition was later replaced by the team competition in the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games.

In the Olympic synchronized swimming competition, the events comprise of two routines- a technical routine and a free routine. Time is limited for both the routines. In the free routine, swimmers have no restriction for music and choreography. However, in the technical routine, they have to perform various moves in a scheduled order. The moves exercised in the technical routine include rockets, boosts, twirls and thrusts. The judges decide the winner on the basis of execution, choreography and over all performance. In both the routines, judges give score out of a maximum 10.

Rules of Synchronized Swimming: The rules of synchronized swimming are set by the Federation Internationale de Natation Amateur or FINA. Some of the rules to be followed by the swimmers are as follows-

  • Underwater speakers are used during the performance to enable the swimmers to hear the music properly.
  • The water in the pool, where synchronized swimming will be performed has to be nine feet deep. The swimmers are not allowed to touch the lower surface of the pool during their performance. Two points are deducted if someone breaks the rule.
  • During a lift, a swimmer has to use her or his body strength. Touching the bottom of the pool event during a lift is against the rule.
  • The deck work, which is the prelude to the main program can have the length of only 10 seconds. This deck work has no role in determining the winner.
  • Time is limited for each routine in each category.
  • In the technical routine, the moves, figures and the order of the movements are fixed by FINA.
  • Competitors in the synchronized swimming competition have to be above the age of 15 to be eligible for the Olympics, the World Championships and World Cups.
  • In the competition, one swimmer is allowed to compete in one solo, one duet, one team and one free combination.
  • In the team routine the number of competitor can not be more than 8.

Categories of Synchronized Swimming: The synchronized swimming competition in the Olympic is divided in four categories. The categories are-

•  Solo-In the solo category, swimmers compete individually with other swimmers

•  Duets-In this category, two swimmers pair up to compete other couples in the competition

•  Teams-In the team competition, a team of eight swimmers perform with music

•  Free combination-In this category, there is no restriction in music and movements for the swimmers

Medal Winners in Synchronized Swimming: In the early days of synchronized swimming in the Summer Games, the sport event was dominated by the American swimmers. However, after the 2000 Sydney Summer Games, the Russian swimmers have become the chief contender in the event. some famous swimmers in this discipline are Annette Kellerman, Katherine Curtis, Esther Williams, Sylvie Frechette, Akiko Kawase, Kaori Takahashi, Maria Kisseleva, Erin Chan, Fanny Letourneau, Michelle Cameron, Elena Azarova, Elena Soia, Olga Novokshchenova, Olga Brusnikina, and Carolyn Waldo.

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Last updated on: May 23, 2016