Ten golds are up for grabs in Gwangju, Korea with two groups bidding to earn locations on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Video games.
From 12th to 20th July, the Yeomju Gymnasium in Gwangju will host the inventive swimming occasions on the 2019 World Aquatics Championships.
There are not any fewer than 10 gold medals at stake in Korea in comparison with two on the Olympic Video games.
The duet and the staff can be contested at Tokyo 2020 with the highest two within the staff occasion, excluding those that have already certified, reserving their place in Japan subsequent 12 months.
Russia goal to brush the board
There’s one nation to beat in the case of inventive swimming – Russia.
The game previously often called synchronised swimming has been a continuing fixture within the World Aquatics Championships because it was first held in 1973.
Russia didn’t win their first medal till 1998, however they’ve greater than made up for misplaced time.
Since then they’ve taken 51 golds out of a potential 60 at world titles together with clear sweeps of gold medals in 1998, 2011 and 2013.
Subsequent finest within the historical past of the World Championships is the USA on 14.
That dominance is even larger within the Olympic Video games with Russia claiming each title on provide since Sydney 2000.
Coached by Tatiana Danchenko, the squad has goals of bettering on their seven out of 9 golds on the final Worlds in Budapest two years in the past.
Olympic qualification is just not a priority because the staff secured a spot for them, and a duet, by successful Could’s European Champions Cup in St Petersburg.
With Russia additionally successful the duet, because of five-time Olympic gold medallist Svetlana Romashina and Svetlana Kolesnichenko, Ukrainian pair Marta Fieldina and Anastasiya Savchuk secured a duet place by taking second.
Japan, as hosts of Tokyo 2020, are additionally assured a spot in each competitions.
So who will take the subsequent two berths within the staff and duet?
Ukraine to win battle for second?
Fieldina and Savchuk can be hopeful of taking silver in Gwangju, however gold seems to be out of attain.
Within the European Champions Cup duet free competitors, they had been 4.5 factors behind Romashina and Kolesnichenko who posted an enormous rating of 97.4667.
For Romashina, it was her finest rating since returning to action in April after taking greater than two and a half years off to have a child.
On the final FINA World Sequence occasion in June, Fieldina and Savchuk underlined their standing as the very best staff outdoors of Russia by successful the duet free with 93.9000, virtually three factors away from Italy’s Rio 2016 finalists Linda Cerruti and Costanza Ferro, with Ona Carbonell and Paula Ramirez of Spain in third.
Additionally in Budapest, Ukraine’s staff took victory by simply over two factors from Spain with Canada third.
Whereas there are golds in each the duet technical and duet free within the World Championships, the Olympic Video games sees the 2 disciplines mixed with the free carrying larger weight.
The solo is not an Olympic occasion, however it will likely be hotly contested in Gwangju with Fieldina carrying Ukraine’s hopes.
Japan’s Yukiko Inui, winner of two bronze medals at Rio 2016, has proven she will problem for a medal with some sturdy performances this season.
Carbonell has been in medal rivalry for the previous decade, serving to Spain to free mixture gold again in 2009.
The 29-year-old, who received two medals at London 2012, took two solo silver medals two years in the past in Budapest.
However Kolesnichenko – a staff gold medallist at Rio 2016 – is a scorching favorite to take her world title tally from 13 to 17 in Gwangju.
She can be bidding to repeat her 4 golds from Hungary the place she took two within the solo and two within the duet.
USA and their ‘robotic reboot’
It is the most important stage but for america’ inventive swimmers as they bid to make Tokyo 2020.
The USA haven’t certified for the staff occasion since Beijing 2008 however Carbonell’s former companion, 16-time world medallist and four-time Olympic medallist Andrea Fuentes, is decided to finish that drought.
A podium end seems unlikely, however they’ve an ace up their sleeve within the type of an revolutionary routine not like something seen earlier than in inventive swimming.
Olympic Channel has been following the US synchro staff as they familiarize yourself with a robotic dance created by Instagram’s Mr Robotic, Chadd Smith.
And the place higher to indicate off a transfer primarily based on robotic actions than in Korea and Japan?
There is no such thing as a higher take a look at of their skill to deal with the strain than a World Championship, though this isn’t D-Day for Fuentes and her American costs.
Their huge take a look at would be the Pan American Video games in Lima on the finish of the month the place the winners will declare a ticket for Tokyo.
We went behind the scenes with the USA inventive swim staff as they carried out their revolutionary routine for the primary time outdoors of the US on the FINA World Sequence in Barcelona. The younger staff hope the synchronised dance will take America to Tokyo 2020 after a 12-year absence from the Video games, and Olympic Channel have been with them all through their journey.
Maltsev bids so as to add to medal haul in blended occasion
For the reason that introduction of the blended duet in 2015, Aleksandr Maltsev has received two golds and two silver medals.
He can be competing at his third World Championships in Gwangju with a 3rd totally different companion, Mayya Gurbanberdieva, and double gold in his sights.
The pair carry out the Argentinian tango of their technical routine, with 24-year-old Maltsev admitting to FINA after their victory within the Tokyo World Sequence that it was a tricky dance to excellent.
“What we especially struggled with was to express tango in the water. In every competition we try to show not only high technical proficiency but also our artistic side to the audience. It is important to popularise this sport.” – Aleksandr Maltsev speaking to FINA
There are actually 4 staff disciplines, one up on Budapest two years in the past.
Along with the technical and free routines, there may be the free mixture and – new for 2019 – the spotlight routine.
Russia might have their work lower out within the newest occasion having completed second to Spain on the European Champions Cup.
The jap Europeans received the free mixture in 2015 however didn’t compete in 2017 with China taking gold forward of Ukraine within the Hungarian capital.
There are 10 inventive swimming occasions in complete in Gwangju.
Eight of those are considered one of every of free and technical routines throughout solo, duet, blended duet and staff (eight rivals) classes.
The opposite two are the free mixture and spotlight routine the place the groups comprise 10 swimmers apiece.
All routines should observe the required components. The cut-off dates per routine, together with 10 seconds for deck motion earlier than coming into the water, are two minutes for Solo, two minutes 20 seconds for Duet, and two minutes 50 seconds for Crew, with an allowance of plus or minus 15 seconds for every.
All free routines can carry out listed figures with none restrictions on music, contents, or choreography. Closing dates per routine, together with 10 seconds for deck motion earlier than coming into the water, are two minutes 30 seconds for Solo, three minutes for Duet, and 4 minutes for Crew, with an allowance of plus of minus 15 seconds for every.
Not less than two elements of all Free Mixture routines should have fewer than three rivals with two elements involving all 10 rivals. There’s a time restrict of 4 minutes, together with 10 seconds for deck motion, with an allowance of plus of minus 15 seconds.
All 10 staff members should be concerned within the performances of the Required Parts. There’s a time restrict of two minutes and 30 seconds, together with 10 seconds for deck motion, with an allowance of plus or minus 15 seconds.
Schedule – all occasions are Gwangju native (Korean Commonplace Time = UTC+9)
11:00-13:30 Solo Technical – preliminaries
16:00-19:00 Duet Technical – preliminaries
11:00-12:30 Blended Duet Technical – preliminaries
19:00-20:30 Solo Technical – remaining
11:00-14:30 Crew technical – preliminaries
10:00-20:30 Duet Technical – remaining
11:00-14:30 Solo Free – preliminaries
17:00-18:30 Blended Duet Technical – remaining
19:00-20:00 Spotlight routine – remaining
11:00-14:30 Duet Free – preliminaries
19:00-20:00 Crew Technical – remaining
11:00-13:00 Free Mixture – preliminaries
19:00-20:30 Duet Free – remaining
11:00-12:00 Duet Blended Free – preliminaries
19:00-20:30 Crew Free – remaining
17:00-18:30 Blended Duet Free – remaining
19:00-20:30 Free Mixture – remaining
20:45-21:45 Exhibition Gala