In a sport long dominated by just three nations (United States, Canada and Japan), Gemma Mengual and Andrea Fuentes made Spain only the sixth nation to medal in synchronized swimming at the Olympics. Behind the untouchable pair of Anastasiya Dayvdova and Anastasiya Yermakova, the Spanish duo placed second. They repeated that performance as a part of the team competition, again finishing behind Russia. Fuentes claimed three European gold medals prior to the Olympics, only missing the gold in the solo competition, which was taken by her partner Mengual. However, with Mengual absent, Fuentes has since claimed solo medals at both the 2010 Europeans (silver) and 2011 World Championships (silver and bronze).