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Israel’s artistic swimmers snapped at the Olympics

Eden Blecher and Shelly Bobritsky will take to the pool again on Tuesday for a shot at the finals in the artistic swimming duet at the Tokyo 2020 games

  • An underwater view shows Israel's Eden Blecher and Shelly Bobritsky compete in the preliminary for the women's duet free artistic swimming event during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Tokyo on August 2, 2021. (François-Xavier MARIT / AFP)
    An underwater view shows Israel's Eden Blecher and Shelly Bobritsky compete in the preliminary for the women's duet free artistic swimming event during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Tokyo on August 2, 2021. (François-Xavier MARIT / AFP)
  • An underwater view shows Israel's Eden Blecher and Israel's Shelly Bobritsky compete in the preliminary for the women's duet free artistic swimming event during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Tokyo on August 2, 2021. (Photo by François-Xavier MARIT / AFP)
    An underwater view shows Israel's Eden Blecher and Israel's Shelly Bobritsky compete in the preliminary for the women's duet free artistic swimming event during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Tokyo on August 2, 2021. (Photo by François-Xavier MARIT / AFP)
  • Israel's Eden Blecher and Israel's Shelly Bobritsky compete in the preliminary for the women's duet free artistic swimming event during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Tokyo on August 2, 2021. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP)
    Israel's Eden Blecher and Israel's Shelly Bobritsky compete in the preliminary for the women's duet free artistic swimming event during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Tokyo on August 2, 2021. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP)
  • Israel's Eden Blecher and Israel's Shelly Bobritsky compete in the preliminary for the women's duet free artistic swimming event during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Tokyo on August 2, 2021. (Photo by Attila KISBENEDEK / AFP)
    Israel's Eden Blecher and Israel's Shelly Bobritsky compete in the preliminary for the women's duet free artistic swimming event during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Tokyo on August 2, 2021. (Photo by Attila KISBENEDEK / AFP)
  • An underwater view shows Israel's Eden Blecher and Shelly Bobritsky compete in the preliminary for the women's duet free artistic swimming event during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Tokyo on August 2, 2021. (François-Xavier MARIT / AFP)
    An underwater view shows Israel's Eden Blecher and Shelly Bobritsky compete in the preliminary for the women's duet free artistic swimming event during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Tokyo on August 2, 2021. (François-Xavier MARIT / AFP)

Israeli synchronized swimmers Eden Blecher and Shelly Bobritsky dove into the water in Tokyo on Monday for the artistic swimming duet free routine qualifying round.

The duo’s Olympic routine landed them in 16th place overall out of the 22 teams who competed in the free routine.

On Tuesday, the two women will hit the pool again for the qualifying round of the technical routine; their combined scores from the two events will determine if they make it to the final on Wednesday.

At the French Open artistic swimming championship in Paris in 2020, Blecher and Bobritsky ranked fifth overall in the free duet and seventh in the technical duet.

Israel’s Eden Blecher and Shelly Bobritsky compete in the preliminary for the women’s duet free artistic swimming event during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Tokyo on August 2, 2021. (Oli SCARFF / AFP)
Israel’s Eden Blecher and Shelly Bobritsky compete in the preliminary for the women’s duet free artistic swimming event during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Tokyo on August 2, 2021. (Attila KISBENEDEK / AFP)
An underwater view shows Israel’s Eden Blecher and Israel’s Shelly Bobritsky competing in the preliminary for the women’s duet free artistic swimming event during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Tokyo on August 2, 2021. (François-Xavier MARIT / AFP)
Israel’s Eden Blecher and Shelly Bobritsky compete in the preliminary for the women’s duet free artistic swimming event during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Tokyo on August 2, 2021. (Attila KISBENEDEK / AFP)
Israel’s Eden Blecher and Shelly Bobritsky compete in the preliminary for the women’s duet free artistic swimming event during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Tokyo on August 2, 2021. (Attila KISBENEDEK / AFP)
An underwater view shows Israel’s Eden Blecher and Shelly Bobritsky competing in the preliminary for the women’s duet free artistic swimming event during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Tokyo on August 2, 2021. (François-Xavier MARIT / AFP)
An underwater view shows Israel’s Eden Blecher and Shelly Bobritsky competing in the preliminary for the women’s duet free artistic swimming event during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Tokyo on August 2, 2021. (François-Xavier MARIT / AFP)
Israel’s Eden Blecher and Shelly Bobritsky compete in the preliminary for the women’s duet free artistic swimming event during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Tokyo on August 2, 2021. (Oli SCARFF / AFP)

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