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Synchronised Swimming

Eight female synchronised swimmers in competition
Synchronised swimmers must not touch the bottom of the pool

A hybrid of swimming, gymnastics and ballet, synchronised swimming involves competitors (either individuals, duets, or teams) combining strength, endurance, flexibility, grace and artistry with exceptional breath control - particularly while upside down underwater.

For the 15th Asian Games Doha 2006, duets and teams will perform figures from a set list, including positions like the Crane and the Eiffel Tower, in the technical routine. Competitors will be marked according to criteria like accuracy, stability and uniform motion for each specified figure.

In the free Routine there are no restrictions on music choice, content or choreography.

When performing, competitors will typically wear a nose clip. Hair is pulled back into a bun. Goggles are not worn because they are considered distracting and take away from the beauty of the routine. Competitors can wear customised swimsuits and headpieces, usually elaborately decorated, to reflect the music they are using. The costume and music are not judged directly, but can add to the overall artistic impression.

Synchronised swimming is one of only three sports at the 15th Asian Games (along with softball and rhythmic gymnastics) contested exclusively by women.


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