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Breathtaking Photos of Synchronised Swimming!

July 23, 2013 08:13 IST

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Synchronized swimming, popularly known as Synchro, comprises swimming, dance and gymnastics.

Rediff.com brings you stunning pictures of the sport from the 15th FINA World Championships in Barcelona.


Image: Canada's team performs in the synchronised swimming free combination routine
Photographs: Albert Gea/Reuters

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Synchronised swimming can be described as ‘water ballet’, as it consists of dance-like elaborate movements that swimmers make to music.


Image: Greece's Despoina Solomou performs in the synchronised swimming solo free routine
Photographs: Michael Dalder/Reuters
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Synchronised swimming brings out the best in a swimmer at solos, duets or teams.


Image: Britain's Jenna Randall performs in the synchronised swimming solo free routine
Photographs: Michael Dalder/Reuters
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Men do not compete in Synchronised swimming at the Olympics like rhythmic gymnastics and softball.

But in other international and national competitions men are allowed.


Image: China's Jiang Tingting and Jiang Wenwen perform in the synchronised swimming duet technical routine final
Photographs: Albert Gea/Reuters
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This sport seems easy from a distance but it requires a lot of strength, grace, flexibility and precise timing.


Image: Japan's team perform in the synchronised swimming free combination routine
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Breathing techniques are of utmost importance and the swimmers use a nose clip to prevent an intake of water through the nostrils.


Image: Spain's team are seen underwater as they perform in the synchronised swimming free combination routine
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Synchronised swimming made its Olympic debut as an exhibition event in the 1952 and 1980 Games.


Image: Greece's team perform in the synchronised swimming
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