Tokyo Games in summer 2021: Artistic Swimming—formerly synchronised swimming
Formerly known as synchronised swimming, the sport of artistic swimming has been a mainstay of the Games since Los Angeles in 1984. Check out the range of Tokyo Games in summer 2021: Artistic Swimming tickets on offer at StubHub.
Dominated by Russia since the turn of the century
Combining elements of dance, swimming and gymnastics, artistic swimming is a sport in which competitors perform an intricate and often themed routine to music while immersed in the water. Requiring superb flexibility, endurance, strength, grace and breath control, it’s one of just two Games events open to women only, with the other being rhythmic gymnastics. It made its Games debut at Los Angeles in 1984, where USA’s Tracie Ruiz took the gold in both the individual and duet events, the latter alongside teammate Candy Costie. Team USA continued to dominate the sport over the next twelve years, but since the turn of the century, Russia has overtaken them as the country to beat, impressively winning every single gold medal up for grabs. In 2017, the FINA decided to change the sport’s name from synchronised swimming to artistic swimming. If you haven’t yet seen one of the most graceful events of the Games live, then take a look at the various Tokyo Games in summer 2021: Artistic Swimming tickets available on StubHub.
A chance for a new nation to reign supreme
With Russia no longer competing in the Tokyo Games, the artistic swimming competition is the widest it’s been for 20 years. 104 athletes will compete in the two disciplines, the women’s team and women’s duet, and several nations have already booked their place in the competition. Alongside host nation Japan, competitors from Australia, Canada, China, Egypt, Italy, Kazakhstan, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, South Africa and Ukraine are all confirmed to grace the pool, having qualified from the likes of the FINA World Championships and the Pan American Games. The remaining places are due to be settled at the 2021 Qualification Tournament, which takes place in Tokyo in April. The competition will kick off at the Aquatic Centre on the 3rd of August with the free routine preliminary duet and conclude four days later with the free routine team. You can both buy and sell Tokyo Games in summer 2021: Artistic Swimming tickets on StubHub. You can also purchase tickets for other pool-based events, such as Tokyo Games in summer 2021: Swimming, Tokyo Games in summer 2021: Diving and Tokyo Games in summer 2021: Water Polo.