Randall and Federici reach Olympic final
6th August 2012
Jenna Randall and Olivia Federici secured a spot in their first Olympic final after a sparkling free routine at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
After an encouraging start to the competition to finish ninth in yesterday’s technical routine, the Brits ranked the same for their free routine to progress ninth out of the 12 qualifiers for tomorrow’s final.
It was a good swim but we’ve got a few things we want to improve for tomorrow.
The free has been their higher-scoring of the two routines in recent years, Randall and Federici finishing eighth for it at last year’s World Champs compared to 10th in the technical routine.
And so it proved again in London as they collected 88.790 for their free to go with their 88.100 from yesterday’s tech for a final preliminary score of 176.890.
The score sees them safely through into tomorrow’s final where they will perform their free routine for a second time and receive a final score of the combination of their preliminary tech and their final free performances.
And while they maintained their overall position to progress – an improvement on their 14th place finish on their Olympic debut four years ago – Randall and Federici were adamant they can improve on their preliminary performance.
“It was a good swim but obviously we’ve got a few things we want to improve for tomorrow,” said Randall.
“It wasn’t one of our best performances so we’re hoping to get some things fixed and then make an improvement for tomorrow.
“We want to make sure the technical aspects of the routine are perfect – we felt there were a few things a little off today.”
Performing to a medley of music by the Chemical Brothers and Ryan Amon, the Brits impressed with the creativity of their choreography and their power and control maintained throughout the swim.
This is the Olympic Games so we want to give it everything we’ve got and make it our performance of the year.
Randall and Federici received 44.500 for Technical Merit and 44.240 for Artistic Impression but know they can improve the latter score in particular.
Nearest rivals Greece – who finished eighth in both the technical and free routines – carry a 1.1 point lead from the tech into the final and the Brits insist they’re determined to make their final duet performance of London 2012 their best.
“We really want to get back and look at the videos now to see what we need to do to make it that perfect performance tomorrow,” said Federici.
“This is the Olympic Games so we want to give it everything we’ve got and make it our performance of the year.”