Brits looking forward to home crowd advantage
4th August 2012
British synchronised swimmers Jenna Randall and Olivia Federici are hoping the British crowd will fire them to a top eight finish in London.
The Team GB duet – who came 14th in Beijing four years ago – begin their 2012 Olympic campaign on Sunday with the technical routine at London Aquatics Centre.
The Brits are aiming for a top 12 placing after Monday’s free routine which would book them a third chance to compete in the free routine final.
And while they missed out on reaching the final four years ago, Randall and Allison – who finished eighth at last year’s World Championships and fifth at the European Championships in 2010 – insist the home support could help them climb the rankings again.
“For our team event we’re hoping for top six and for the duet, we’re pushing for a top eight or even a top six place,” said Federici.
“We got to go to the Aquatics Centre last night for some of the swimming and it was really great to soak up the atmosphere and see all the support out there.”
Randall added: “We’re very well prepared. We’ve been training 42 hours or more every week.
“With the Games in London this year it’s been fantastic for our sport to get more media coverage and for more people to know what it’s all about.
“We’re hoping that after the Olympics, more people will want to join and take part.”