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Russians are the queens of synchro, but the swimmers of China are constantly right behind, fighting for the throne, attempting to break the dominance. At the latest edition of the FINA World Championships in Kazan for example, the Chinese collected an impressive tally of six silver and one bronze medal in the discipline. At the Oympics in Rio, they also finished second place in both the team and the duet events. Chances for them to beat the Russian queens and the rival Japanese are highest in the free combination event. In any case, the ultimate goal of the Chinese synchronised swimmers it to become the best, and they will try to do everything to fulfil this at the 17th FINA World Championships in Budapest this July.

There is no question that the world-famous Japanese trainer, Mayuko Fujiki played a key role in the outstanding Olympic performance and the silver medals of the Chinese synchro team. Mayuko was introduced to synchronised swimming at the age of seven, and achieved a bronze medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta as member of the Japanese national team. Once her professional career was over, she stayed close to her beloved discipline and became a brilliant coach. She worked in Spain for long years, later took a job in the USA. In 2010, Fujiki even created a choreography for the Hungarian national team. Her training method is unique, that is the reason she is really different from other coaches, makinf for instance the Chinese team currently stronger than ever befor.They can give an outstanding performance in the team competition and in the free combination.

Team competition and free combination

Surprising and unique. There are the words you can mark the programmes of the Chinese national team during these two events. The two silver medals came not by accident. It is always hard to prognosticate but in the free combination they may can celebrate a gold medal.

 

The military, disciplined movement is typical for the team and free combination competition as well. According to the population, China can choose between talented synchronised swimmers all the time, the bests of the bests have the chance to study in a boarding school to became professional. To live together with teammates makes easier to build a real team spirit. That is one reason they won the World Trophy with huge advantage. They perform typically ambitious, dramatic stories, as their best programmes were like the performance for the music of Alice in Wonderland or the Phantom of the Opera. Besides well known tracks, they often go back to the basics and use the motives and stories of ancient Chinese music and history. That is one extra reason why their performances are always breath taking.

Solo

The biggest star of the Chinese synchronised swimming is Huang Xuechen, who won a silver and a bronze medal with 96.000 points at the World Championships in Kazan. Huang is a real chameleon, thanks to her charm, filigree and height she is perfect for solo, duet, and team events as well, which is very rare. She competed for the first time ten years ago, and she finished seven. A year after, at the Olympic Games in Beijing she achieved the bronze medal, and she won a silver and two bronze medals in Rome in 2009. In 2010 she won gold medal at the Asian Games in the free combination and as member of the team. The lovely Huang is a strong medal pretender for Budapest, too, winning 12 silver and 2 bronze World medals altogether until today.



Duet

Huang Xuechen and Sun Wenjan finished with a silver medal in Rio, and both of them were members of the team as well. Dynamic choreography and outstanding technical routine is typically supplemented with perfect representation. Their movements are unique and eye catching, always precise. The swimsuits are special, dominated by quirky, wavy, and monumental motives supplemented with small shining stones.

The mixed duet is the event where they need to improve, but surely, they have a chance to be on the podium of in all events.

At the 2017 FINA World Championships during the 7 competition days of synchronised swimming champions are awarded in 9 events. The competition will be held at a unique temporary venue at the beautiful, historical City Park (Városliget) in Budapest from July 14.

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