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Top ten start for Jenna and Olivia in synchro duet

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5th August 2012

Jenna Randall and Olivia Federici took a step towards their first Olympic final as they finished ninth in the duet technical routine at London 2012.

The British pair – who failed to progress to the final after finishing 14th on their Olympic debut in Beijing – are the first Team GB synchronised swimmers to compete at two Olympics.

We haven't had an 88 in the tech routine for quite a while so it's great to see we're ahead of the pairs we set out to beat at the start of the competition.

And Randall and Federici moved closer to a top 12 finish and a final berth as they scored 88.100 for their technical routine performance in the opening synchro session of the Games.

Having improved on their tally of 86.500 for the same routine at this year's Europeans, Randall and Federici admitted it was exactly what they had hoped for.

"That was a great start," said Randall. "Hearing the crowd cheering for us when we came out was fantastic and it gave us that extra little buzz when we were swimming.

"We're very happy with the score. We haven't had an 88 in the tech routine for quite a while so it's great to see we're ahead of the pairs we set out to beat at the start of the competition.

"Hopefully we can keep that up tomorrow."

The British duet had to wait until 20th out of the 24 pairs to perform.

But their performance was worth the wait for the partisan British crowd as Randall and Federici put their all into an energetic performance to Edward Grieg’s Peer Gynt.

The Brits impressed the judges with their speed and height out of the water – scoring 44.000 for their required elements and 44.100 for overall impression.

It was enough to propel the Brits ahead of France and USA who both scored higher than the British pair for the technical routine at last year’s World Championships in Shanghai.

And with the free routine - in which Randall and Federici finished eighth at last year's Worlds - to come tomorrow, the Brits know a similar performance would book them a final spot, where they would perform one more free routine.

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