Brits kick off Olympic debut in style

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9th August 2012

The British synchronised swimming team kicked off their Olympic debut with an encouraging Team Technical routine at London 2012.

Competing in the team event for the first time at an Olympic Games, the British nine scored 87.300 to place sixth ahead of tomorrow’s Team Free routine.

We thought it was a really strong swim today - everyone really enjoyed it.

Having qualified as host nation, the British team finished above continential champions from Egypt (77.600) and Australia (77.500) who were continental champions from Africa and Oceania respectively.

And swimmer Jenna Randall – who finished ninth with Olivia Federici in the duet competition earlier in the Games – admitted the Brits were pleased but insisted they wanted to improve for their Free routine.

"We thought it was a really strong swim today,” said Randall. “Obviously in synchro, we're always looking for perfection, so there's always lots of things we can fix.

“So we'll go back now and watch the video and see what we can take on to the Free Routine tomorrow, to make sure that that's up to a better standard.

"Our team were a little bit worried about the crowd, whether we'd be able to hear the counts at the very beginning to walk on, but it was fine. Everyone really enjoyed it."

The Brits have been working tirelessly on their team routines with former Olympic champion Robin Cousins and the figure skater was in the crowd to support.

The Duchess of Cambridge was also cheering on the Brits as they put in a dramatic performance to music by Paganini.

The Team GB women impressed with their height and control throughout a demanding three-minute routine and were rewarded for their performance with 43.500 for execution and 43.800 for overall impression.

We've got great choreography - it's very British with a Peter Pan theme.

And the Brits had every reason to be pleased, having outscored their performance from May’s European Championships by 1.9 points.

While fifth-place Japan may be too far in front to catch after their team tech performance earned 93.800, the Brits will be looking to at least consolidate their position in tomorrow’s Team Free routine.

And Randall insisted the Brits' final performance of London 2012 would be a crowd-pleaser.

""Free is our stronger routine because in free, you can do whatever you like," said Randall.

"We've got great choreography, it's very British with a Peter Pan theme, everyone loves swimming it, so it's going to be really, really great."

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