It’s fitting that Andrea Fuentes Fache competes in synchronized swimming… After all, she’s just managed to perfectly mirror her silver-earning performance from the 2008 Olympic Games.
The 29-year-old Spanish and her 22-year-old partner Ona Carbonell Ballestero claimed the silver on Tuesday in synchronized swimming duet at the 2012 Olympic Games.
Fuentes and Carbonell—who were in third place after the technical routine Sunday, and remained there after their free routine on Monday—swam to a Tango track and engaged the crowd with their fast-paced mirrored movements and connected elements.
Las sirenas españolas, as their called, finished their London Games duet experience with 96.900 in their final free performance and an overall score of 192.900, narrowly edging out China’s Huang Xuechen and Liu Ou by 0.03.
The final result came as a surprise to the swimmers themselves as they struggled to believe it and double-checked with their coach before celebrating on the deck.
As expected, Russia’s Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina claimed the gold medal.
It’s Fuentes’ second consecutive Olympic silver medal in synchronized swimming duet after she finished in second place with then-partner Gemma Mengual at the Beijing Games in 2008.