Duet

Duets are one of the two Olympic events in synchronized swimming. Two swimmers with similar strength are paired together. In the seniors category, technical duets last two minutes and 20 seconds(± 15s), while free duets last three minutes (± 15s).

  • Senior Technical Duet Required Elements (2017-2021)

Each element must be performed in the order listed below. With the exception of the deck work, entry and the lift/throw, all elements must be performed simultaneously and facing the same direction. Mirror actions are not permitted.

1 – Starting in a Vertical Position, a Full Twist is executed as one leg is lowered to a Bent Knee Vertical Position. Continuing in the same direction another Full Twist is executed, as the bent knee is extended to a Vertical Position. A Continuous Spin of 1080° (3 rotations) is executed. [DD 2.3]

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2 – From a Back Layout Position a straight leg is lifted to a Ballet Leg Position. The shin of the horizontal leg is drawn along the surface to assume a Surface Flamingo Position. The bent knee is straightened to a Surface Ballet Leg Double Position. Maintaining the legs vertical, the body submerges to a Submerged Back Pike Position until the feet are just below the surface. Executing a 360° rotation the body rises to the surface simultaneously lowering one leg with foot at the surface to assume a Surface Flamingo Position. The horizontal leg is straightened horizontally to a Ballet Leg Position. The vertical leg is lowered straight to a Back Layout Position. Head first travel is allowed during the Ballet Leg Sequence. [DD 2.9]

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3 –  Starting and maintaining a Fishtail Position, with the horizontal leg leading toward the vertical leg, 2 rapid rotations (720°) are executed. Continuing in the same direction and same speed, a rapid Full Twist is executed as the horizontal leg is lifted to a Vertical Position. A Continuous Spin of 720° is executed. [DD 2.8]

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4 – A Cyclone is executed to the Vertical Position. A Half Twist is executed. Continuing in the same direction an additional rotation of 180° is executed as the legs are symmetrically opened to assume a Split Position. A Walkout Front is executed. [DD 3.0]

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5 –  Starting in a submerged Back Pike Position with the legs perpendicular to the surface, a Thrust is executed to a Vertical Position and with no loss of height one leg is rapidly lowered to a Fishtail Position. The horizontal leg is lifted to a Vertical Position as a Spin 360° is executed. [DD 2.5]

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Additionally, the routine must contain a lift, jump or throw and it can be placed anywhere in the routine.

All elements must be performed parallel to the sides of the pool where the panels of judges are seated.

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