The Spanish artistic swimming team finished in fifth place in the acrobatic routine final of the World Swimming Championships in Doha. China won the gold medal, followed by Ukraine and the United States. This event is crucial for the qualification process for the Olympic Games, and Mayuko Fujiki’s team made a strong start by finishing in the Olympic zone, also known as the ‘Top 5’, in the first of the three team finals (acrobatic, technical, and free).
The top five teams in the final classifications will secure a ticket for the Games and will also bring their duos. Despite finishing fifth in the preliminary round, the Spanish team almost matched their score (219.9367) in the acrobatic routine. Fujiki made changes to the swimmers to enhance the acrobatics, with Sara Saldaña and Cristina Arámbula in charge of the jumps. Spain’s difficulty score was 22.10, and although they did not obtain base marks, they did not achieve a high grade in execution, which ultimately relegated them to fifth place after their routine to the Eminem song ‘Lose Yourself’.
China, with Spanish Ana Tarrés on its technical staff, revalidated its gold in the acrobatic exercise with 244.1767 points, narrowly beating Ukraine (243.3167) and the United States of Andrea Fuentes (242.2300). After the competition, Sara Saldaña admitted that the acrobatic routine is challenging but also enjoyable. She mentioned that they perform many risky elements, but it is not as tiring as other routines, allowing them to give it more energy and power. The team is now focusing on the technical and free practice, where they hope to show their improvements.
In conclusion, the Spanish artistic swimming team’s performance in the acrobatic routine final of the World Swimming Championships was a stepping stone towards the Olympic Games. Despite finishing in fifth place, the team is determined to showcase their improvements in the upcoming technical and free practice routines. The competition in Doha has been a valuable experience for the team as they continue their journey towards the Olympics.
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