Host nation Canada defended its Pan American title in synchronized swimming by winning gold in both the duets and team event. The Pan American Games is the largest continental qualifier for the Olympics where athletes throughout Pan America are able to qualify in many sports while trying to rein supreme on their continent. The games are so important that the World Aquatics Championships delayed their event by one week just so the top athletes could compete here. The Pan American Games are currently being held in Toronto, Canada from July 7th to July 26th 2015. The synchronized swimming events were held from July 9th to July 11th 2015. Due to Brazil being the host for the Olympics they have been given Pan America’s continental spot in both the team and duets events therefore only the top ranked duet qualifies to the Olympics.
In the duet Canada’s Jacqueline Simoneau and Karine Thomas took a 3.67 point lead after the technical routine ahead of a surprise performance from Mexico. The two athletes doubled their lead during the free routine to comfortably win the gold medal and the Olympic quota with a total score of 178.0881. Mexico’s Karem Achach and Nuria Diosdado won silver while the bronze went to Mariya Koroleva and Alison Williams of the United States.
Canada could still qualify a team, but it would have to come at the qualification tournament to be held in 2016. More duet spots will also be up for grabs at the qualification tournament for the other nations too.
Quotas by Nation
- Canada – 1
Toronto2015. Synchronized Swimming – Event Overview – Duet. Access on July 11 2015.