US duet finishes 11th at London Olympic Games
LONDON – Team USA’s Mary Killman (McKinney, Texas) and Mariya Koroleva
(Concord, Calif.) completed their first Olympic Games with an 11th-place finish in the
synchronized swimming duet competition Tuesday at the Aquatics Centre in London’s
The U.S. duet finished with 175.670 points after posting an 87.770 score in Tuesday’s
free routine final. They had 87.900 points in Sunday’s technical routine.
Russia won duet gold for the fourth consecutive Olympics, with Natalia Ishchenko and
Svetlana Romashina finishing with 197.100 points. Spain topped China in the battle for
silver as Ona Carbonell Ballestero and Andrea Fuentes Fache scored 192.900 points.
Huang Xuechen and Liu Ou took the bronze at 192.870.
Koroleva, 22, and Killman, 21, said they were happy with Tuesday’s performance in
front of a packed Aquatics Centre crowd.
“I think we did really well, we had a really good swim," Koroleva said. "We felt really connected before we went, so throughout the whole routine I felt like we swam very together. I was able to enjoy the routine. I’m happy with our swim.”
Added Killman: “I’m excited with how we did. I feel like we were really connected, and I
think it was a great way to finish off our first Olympic Games.”
U.S. coach Mayuko Fujiki was also impressed with the duet’s Olympic debut.
“I think more than anything, they were very focused and very excited to swim,” she said.
“It was a very important first step for them to be at the Olympics as a new duet. I think
they did a great job in that aspect.”
The duo qualified for the final after scoring 88.270 points in their free routine on
Monday. They were in 10th place in the overall standings going into Tuesday’s final.
The top 12 teams (out of 24) advanced to the final. The medal standings were based on
the combined points from the free routine in the final and the preliminary technical routine.
Killman and Koroleva said competing at the Olympics over the past three days showed
them how much support the duet has.
“It’s not only people from our country, it’s also so many others,” Killman said. “Just to
be able to come out and see so many American flags – even yesterday there was a little
girl who was all dressed up in Great Britain garb, and she still had a little American flag.
There are so many people who want us to succeed.”
“That first feeling of walking out on deck before our technical routine – I’ve never
experienced anything like it," Koroleva said. "It was just so surreal seeing all of these people, and the American flags in the crowd. A feeling like all eyes are on us, like the
whole world was watching us. I think that’s something cool about the Olympics that you
don’t really get that feeling in any other competition, it only happens every four years.”
2012 Olympic Games Synchronized Swimming Duet Final Results
1. Russia: 197.100
2. Spain: 192.900
3. China: 192.870
4. Canada: 189.120
5. Japan: 186.740
6. Ukraine: 184.870
7. Italy: 181.420
8. Greece: 178.560
9. Great Britain: 177.270
10. France: 176.260
11. United States: 175.670
12. Republic of Korea: 173.950