New Delhi: An Israeli artistic swimming duo grabbed the attention of Indian social media users Tuesday after they performed a part of their routine to the Bollywood song ‘Aaja Nachle’.
Eden Blecher and Shelly Bobritsky were competing to qualify for the final of the women’s duet technical routine event at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre. A clip of their routine, performed to the Bollywood song, has been shared multiple times on social media.
— Collin DCunha (@collinDcunha) August 3, 2021
— Shashank Shukla (@aye_its_Shanky) August 3, 2021
OMG ISRAEL IS DOING ARTISTIC SWIMMING DUO ON AAJA NACHLE SONG!!!
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Making their Olympics debut, the duo finished 15th with a combined 168.49 points, which was 26.51 points behind the leaders Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) and five points less than the qualifying points for top 12.
Artistic swimming in Olympics
The artistic swimming event consists of a free routine, which lasts 3-4 minutes, and a technical routine that involves five “designated movements” that last a maximum of 2.50 minutes, according to the Olympics website.
It adds that the performances are scored on synchronisation, difficulty, technique and choreography.
In the women’s duet category, the duo’s scores from the free and technical routine are combined to form a total score that determines who qualifies for the final round.
While Blecher and Bobritsky failed to qualify for the finals of the event, they received widespread praise on social media and by Israeli media for their performance.
Composed by Salim-Sulaiman and Piyush Mishra, and sung by Sunidhi Chauhan, ‘Aaja Nachle‘ was the title track of the 2007 Hindi film of the same name starring Madhuri Dixit and Konkona Sen Sharma.