Lane markers and starting blocks have given way to nose clips and classical music at the Olympic Aquatic Centre as the synchronized swimming competition nears its first medal final: the duets event.
And Canada is in the hunt.
Quebec-based duo Marie-Pier Boudreau-Gagnon and Elise Marcotte were fourth after Sunday's qualification round's technical routine.
They scored 94.500 points in the preliminary free program to consolidate their hold on fourth, they are well-positioned going into Tuesday's medal final free routine.
Because the marks from Sunday's technical elements are added to the final round score, the Canadians could take a run at the podium, although the top-ranked Russians have a healthy lead.
China and Spain sit second and third, Canada is 3.24 points adrift of the bronze medal position.
Both Marcotte, from Quebec City, and Boudreau-Gagnon, from Riviere-du-Loup, Que., were part of the Canadian squad that finished fourth in the team competition at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.Report Typo/Error