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Synchronised swimming: the remunerative Japanese preciseness

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In Japan, the synchronised swimming is considered as the leading sport next to the traditional sports. Since Tokyo will host the Olympic Games in 2020, the 17th FINA World Championships will be the first bit step towards it for the representatives of the aquatics. Japan had the biggest synchro success in the first decade in the 00s, they are definitely in the leading countries of the synchronised swimming. The military discipline, respect for hierarchy, taking account of scientific considerations all contribute to a special unit that will accompany the Japanese competitors,

If Japan and synchro, then Masayo Imura. Her nickname is the birthmother of the synchronised swimming simply, the historical successes of Japan all linked to her name. She was the coach of the national team between 1978 and 2004 and as the head coach of the team between 1984 and 2004 she supported them at 6 Olympic Games.

Her systematic work and famous strictness had its result in Sydney and four years later in Athens. Japanese team was at both Games at the top of their success: both in duets and team they won the silver medals losing both times against the Russians.

The Japanese team was quite busy between the Sydney and Athens Olympic Games because the queens of the Japanese synchronised swimming was crowned in domestic waters: during the World Championship in Fukuoka in 2009 the Miya Tachibana-Miho Takeda duo beat the then unstoppable Russian duo. Tachibana took home the bronze too with her solo performance, the Japanese team took the silver as well. They also won the gold at the World Championships in Barcelona in 2003 at the free combination which was organised for the first time ever.

An upcoming European national team, Spain ended this successful era when they stepped into the synchronised swimming business, later China asked for admittance to a small elite list of leading synchronised swimming nations.

The innings happened at the World Championships in 2009 when Japan was pushed down from the from the podium and every competition ended with Russian, Spanish and Chinese sequence. The big rival China overtook, Japan got far from the shining medals of the illustrious era.

The solution was Imura, who started to train and leas the Japanese team again from 2014. Of course, the results did not wait for too long: at the previous World Championships in Kazan in 2015 they travelled home with 4 bronze medals: Yukiko Iniu-Risako Mitsuival duo finished behind the Russian, Chinese pairs, the very same result happened at team and free combination competitions too.

The high speed and the ichnographies done with unbelieve preciseness are very typical of the Japanese free combinations. They evolve plenty of space shape-siftings, double and quartet connections with very original increases, diagonals, circles. They demonstrate at every world competition unique performance with their playful routine. The free combination performance which was based on the Phantom of the Opera house resulted two World Championships for them, the chances are high that we will see them competing in it again this July. In the performance one can sense the feminine softness despite of the highly preciseness and firmness, which distinguishes them from other nations.

They often mix the electronic elements in their music choice, it was surprising and fresh when they choose a background music referring to an 80s, 90s and commemorating a computer game which gave a special experience to the viewers. They like to have everyone’s attention with their dresses, they have a sheer talent using the strong colours and contrasts.  They have a large team accompanying the athletes, they have a few dieticians who control strictly their meals. The Japanese synchronised swimming has its true unique style in the mixture of the respect of the hierarchy, use of the extraordinary systems, preservation of traditions, operating a mix of science-based research.

We can count on their appearance in duo and team competitions -especially at the short programme – but the solo competitions; even on the higher points on the podium too. They will have to fight against with China (they are not looking back at this time but take the Russians’ place) and Ukraine in the big game.

We cannot overlook on the fact that the next Olympic Games will be hosted in Japan so this World Championships will be the first big step of the Olympic cycle ending in Tokyo in 2020.

The 17th FINA Word Championships will be initiating during 7 competition day in 9 competition World Champions: solo, duo, team, two mixed duos.  The finals will be in the mornings and the prefinals will be early evenings in July.

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