Russia was the dominant force in artistic swimming at the 2019 World Aquatics Championships. The event offered two team quotas that were determined by adding the scores from the technical and free routines. Those teams would also be eligible to compete in the duet. Additionally, this was considered to be the continental qualifier for Africa, Asia and Oceania. Artistic Swimming at the World Aquatics Championships is currently being held in Gwangju, South Korea from July 12th to July 20th 2019.
The team continental qualifiers saw Australia win the Oceania quota with a combined total of 147.9783. This was ahead of New Zealand’s 136.5946 total. As Egypt was the only African nation to compete in both the team technical and free routines, the nation also qualified a team. As hosts, Japan automatically took the Asian team quota and thus none were awarded here. By winning a team quota, Australia and Egypt will be eligible to compete in the duet event.
For the duets, New Zealand and South Africa were the only eligible Oceania and African nations respectively remaining and thus earned a spot to compete. By winning a silver medal in the women’s duet technical and free routines China initially won the Asian quota, but as the nation would go on to win a team quota and it was then reallocated to the next best ranked eligible Asian nation, Kazakhstan.
Between the four Olympic routines, Russia won gold in each of the events, showcasing their strength in this sport. The last time the nation failed to win gold in either the duet or team event was in 2001. The silver and bronze medals across the four routines were won by China and Ukraine respectively. This also means the two nations have qualified a team and thus duet to compete at the Olympics.
One more continental qualifier remains, the 2019 Pan American Games will decide the Pan American qualifiers. For other nations the final opportunity to qualify to the Olympics in artistic swimming will be at the 2020 Olympic Qualification Tournament.