Just an update, FINA has finally confirmed that the Asian and African continental qualifier was doubled during the synchronized swimming portion at the 2015 World Aquatics Championship. The top team from the two continents will qualify in the team and duet while the highest ranked duet not yet qualified from the two continents will qualify a duet. The synchronized swimming portion of the World Aquatics Championship was held in Kazan, Russia from July 25th to August 1st 2015.
The Asian qualifier was very competitive between China and Japan. China however was able to outdo Japan in the technical routine finishing just ahead of them in both the preliminary and final to win the overall silver medal. With China already qualified the duet only spot easily went to Japan as they were able to win the bronze medal in the technical event.
The African qualifier was quite simple. Egypt was able to win the team and duet quota for the fact that they were the only African team present at the championships. This in turn gave South Africa an easy duet quota as they became the only eligible African nation.
Japan will likely be looking to add a team quota at the final Olympic qualification tournament which also acts as a final qualifier for duets as well.
Athletes by Nations
- China – 9
- Egypt – 9
- Japan – 2
- South Africa – 2
- OmegaTiming. 16th FINA World Championships Results. Access on October 23 2015.