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Olympics Day 9 - Synchronised Swimming

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05: Nadine Brandl and Livia Lang of Austria compete in the Synchronised Swimming - Duets - Technical Routine on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Artistry in the swimming pool

Synchronised swimming is a hybrid form of swimming, dance and gymnastics, consisting of swimmers performing a synchronised routine of elaborate moves in the water, accompanied by music. Synchronised swimming demands advanced water skills, and requires great strength, endurance, flexibility, grace, artistry and precise timing, as well as exceptional breath control when upside down underwater. The synchronised swimming event at the London Olympic Games got underway on 5 August 2012.