Splash of the Titans as synchronised swimming hits Sheffield - SLIDESHOW

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THEY certainly made a splash - all be it a completely coordinated one.

Hundreds of spectators watched mesmerising moves and perfect precision at the synchronised swimming European championships in Sheffield - the first time the sport has been contested in the city for more than 10 years.

The Italian team compete in the free finals during Day Two of the 2011 LEN European Synchronised Swimming Champions Cup at Ponds Forge, Sheffield.

The Italian team compete in the free finals during Day Two of the 2011 LEN European Synchronised Swimming Champions Cup at Ponds Forge, Sheffield.

The best in the world competed for glory over three days in the Olympic-sized city centre pool.

Great Britain team member Lauren Smith, who helped her girls claimed bronze in the team free combination, said: “The crowd has been phenomenal and we have loved having so many people here.

“It has been so good competing here in Sheffield. The organisers have done a fantastic job.”

Team GB came third with a dolls-inspired routine, winning their first European synchro medal since the 1990s.

Ukraine performed the best four-minute routine in the view of the judges, with Italy second thanks to a routine inspired by the Da Vinci Code. Britain finished fifth in the pairs competition, with Russia first followed by Spain and Ukraine.

The European Champions Cup competition is a precursor to the World Championships in Shanghai in July.