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Getting to know... Synchronised Swimming

Synchronised Swimming.
Russia are the dominant force in Synchronised Swimming. Al Bello/Getty Images
All you need to know about the first sport to take place at the inaugural European Games
  • Synchronised Swimming was born out of ornamental swimming and theatrical water ballet during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

  • It was originally performed by men, but at the European Games - as in the Olympic Games - only women will compete.  
  • The sport developed through life-saving and swimming techniques, with the first competition held in 1891. 
  • Australia's Annette Kellerman was described as the first underwater ballerina in 1907, when she performed in a glass tank at the New York Hippodrome. 
  • The sport entered the Olympic programme at the Los Angeles 1984 Games after becoming increasingly technical and athletic.

  • Since 2000, Russia has won all the Olympic Synchronised Swimming gold medals available.

  • Swimmers use a nose clip for performing underwater and paint gelatine on their hair as opposed to wearing a swimming cap. 
  • 150 of the best young female athletes in Europe will take part in the Synchronised Swimming events at Baku 2015.
  • There are four medal events at Baku 2015: solo, duet, team and free combination. 
      
  • Judges score routines for execution, artistic impression and difficulty. 

      

 


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