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Olympic synchronized swimming factbox

Posted: Wednesday July 7, 2004 9:42PM; Updated: Wednesday July 7, 2004 9:42PM
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ATHENS, July 8 (Reuters) -- Factbox on synchronised swimming at the August 13-29 Athens Olympics:

HISTORY

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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.

EVENTS

Women's team event (eight teams)

Women's duet (16 pairs)

2000 CHAMPIONS

Duet: Olga Brusnikina/Maria Kisseleva (Russia)

Team event: Russia

OLYMPIC PROGRAMME

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

VENUE

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.

OFFICIAL WEBSITE

www.fina.org

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