With five months to go until the Olympics, Maria Lenk Aquatic Centre in Rio de Janeiro (BRA) will stage theFINA Olympic Games Synchronised Swimming Qualification Tournament, the last event giving the opportunity to qualify for the Games and to test the pool. The competition will take place from March 2-6.
133 athletes, representing 30 national federations*, will try to guarantee their quota place in the two events included in the Olympic programme: Duet and Team. Eight teams and 24 duets will be competing in Rio next August.
Teams qualification process:
A total of 8 teams will be qualified for the Olympic Games.
Four (4) spots have been attributed to the best ranked NOCs in each of the four Continental Championships (Europe, Asia, Oceania and Africa) and a fifth (1) place is given to the host country NOC (Brazil) which will be the representative of the American continent.
The three (3) best ranked NOCs at the Synchronised Swimming Qualification Tournament this week will each obtain a quota place.
Duets qualification process:
A total of 24 duets (including 8 through team qualification) will qualify for the Games.
The eight (8) NOCs qualified for the team competition (including the host country) will automatically qualify one quota place for a duet (as above).
The best ranked NOCs in each of the five (5) Continental Championships who have not qualified a team will each obtain a quota place.
The 11 best-ranked NOCs at the Synchronised Swimming Qualification Tournament this week, who have not qualified a team, will each obtain a quota place.
*countries taking part in the Qualification Tournament this week in Rio: Argentina, Austria, Aruba, Belarus, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Colombia, Czech Republic, Spain, France, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Peru, Singapore, Mexico**, Singapore, Switzerland, Turkey, USA, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Venezuela.
Swimming news courtesy of FINA.