Competitors have praised the atmosphere at the London 2012 Aquatics Centre following the FINA Olympic Games Synchronised Swimming Qualification event that took place at the newly built Olympic venue from 18-22 April.
The competition saw over 160 athletes from 34 nations competing for the final places in the synchronised swimming competition at this year’s Olympic Games, with reigning World and Olympic champions Russia winning the team event and Israel finishing first in the duet.
The event attracted 16,000 fans over the course of the five-day competition, with Great Britain’s Jenna Randall praising the atmosphere inside the venue.
"It was fantastic having the crowd here supporting us," she said. "We've never heard a crowd that loud before, so it was really great to see the British support for synchro."
As well as being a crucial event for the athletes as they prepare for the Games this summer, the competition also gave the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) the chance to test operations ahead of the Games. These included tests of the timing, scoring and results systems, as well as detailed tests of the pool, underwater speakers and underwater cameras for judging.
During the Games, synchronised swimming will take place from 5-10 August with 104 female competitors vying for medals in the duet and team competitions.