TOKYO: Spain’s technical swimming team on track to return to games after fiasco of 2016 | Sports

The Spanish technical swimming team during their free pre-Olympic routine at the Sant Jordi pool in Barcelona.Albert Jia/Reuters

Spanish technical swimming, formerly known as synchronized swimming, took a heavy blow when it was disqualified from the Rio Olympics in 2016. The disqualification opened a huge controversy over a team that was exacerbated by the sacking of coach Anna Tarres from the close of the match. London 2012 Olympics, in which Spain won the bronze medal. Five years after a fiasco in the pre-Olympics in Rio, the Spanish team is one step closer to regaining its place to compete in the Tokyo Games in the qualifying tournament held at the Sant Jordi pool in Barcelona. Three of the seven competing teams are seeded, and Spain finished second in the technical routine final. On Friday, the final of the free routine is disputed. The average score of both finalists will determine the final rating.

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The Spanish team, led by Mayoko Fujoki, completed an excellent exercise by interpreting a Salvador nebula theme fusing flamenco with Japanese air. Spanish swimmers, led by Una Carbonell, having returned to competition in May after giving birth in August 2020, qualified second. Italy with a score of 90.79 surpassed 90.55 obtained by the Spanish team.

Spanish and Italian women outperform the rest, and the third place eligible for the Games will in principle be the most controversial. Greece, led by former Spanish coach Ana Tares, ranked third with 87.39 points, while France ranked fourth with 87 points, and the United States, led by former Spanish personality Andrea Fuentes, finished fifth with 86.8 points.

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This Friday (15.00, Teledeporte and Esport3) the three teams that will qualify to play the Games in Tokyo will be decided in the free routine final. The qualification process for the Games has been particularly difficult due to the pandemic, the postponement of the Games and the suspension of the pre-Olympic Games that were scheduled to be held from May 1-4 in Tokyo and which were finally postponed and moved to Barcelona.

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