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Canadian pair fourth heading into synchronized swimming duet final

Synchornized swimmers Marie-Pier Boudreau-Gagnon (right) and Elise Marcotte

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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.

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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.

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National Correspondent

Sean Gordon joined the Globe's Quebec bureau in 2008 and covers the Canadiens, Alouettes and Impact, as well as Quebec's contingent of Olympic athletes. More

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