Olympic synchronized swimming factbox
Posted: Wednesday July 7, 2004 9:42PM; Updated: Wednesday July 7, 2004 9:42PM
ATHENS, July 8 (Reuters) -- Factbox on synchronised swimming at the August 13-29 Athens Olympics:
Synchronised swimming as a sport began in the 1950s and it was recognised by the International Swimming Federation (FINA) in 1952. The first competition, an all-American championship, was held three years later.
Synchronised swimming joined the Olympic programme as a solo and pairs event in Los Angeles in 1984. In 1996 a team event for eight swimmers was held instead. Sydney in 2000 saw the introduction of both team and duet events.
Women's team event (eight teams)
Women's duet (16 pairs)
Duet: Olga Brusnikina/Maria Kisseleva (Russia)
Team event: Russia
August 23: Duet technical routine preliminaries
August 24: Duet free routine preliminaries
August 25: Duet final
August 26: Team technical routine
August 27: Team free routine
Olympic Aquatic Centre at the Athens Olympic Sports Complex in Maroussi. Synchronised swimming will be held in an indoor pool with seating for 5,000 spectators.
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