Randall and Federici save best for duet final
7th August 2012
Jenna Randall and Olivia Federici produced their best performance of the Games to hold on to ninth place in the duet competition at London 2012.
The British synchronised swimmers were under pressure to defend their position after encouraging performances by France and USA who finished with strong final routines to score 176.260 and 175.670 respectively.
In Beijing we didn't make the final so it was great to be a part of it at home this year.
But Randall and Federici improved on their free routine from the prelims to score 89.170 in the final and finish with a overall tally of 177.270, securing Team GB’s best finish in the event since Kerry Shacklock and Laila Vakil finished sixth in 1992.
And with both swimmers competing later in the week as Team GB take part in the Team competition for the first time in Olympic history, the pair admitted it was a special feeling to be competing in the Olympic final in front of a British crowd.
Randall said: "In Beijing we didn't make the final so it was great to be a part of it at home this year.
"Hopefully for the next Olympics we'll be even higher up."
Federici added: "We're looking forward to the team on Thursday and Friday because it will be the first time a British team has ever competed in that event.
"We're excited to perform in front of the home crowd and hopefully step up again."
The Brits were disappointed with their 88.790 from yesterday’s prelims – despite outscoring their free routine scores from last year’s World Championships and this year’s Europeans.
But they could have no complaints with their final duet performance of the Games, improving on both judged areas to pick up 44.660 for Technical Merit and 44.510 for Artistic Impression.
As well as renowned choreographer Stephan Miermont, the Brits have worked with actor and dancer Adam Garcia as well as Olympic medallist figure skater Robin Cousins on choreography and performance of their 'Ravens from the Tower of London' routine.
And their hard work paid off for their final free routine performance as Randall and Federici maintained their strength and control in the water, using the width and length of the pool and keeping a high tempo throughout.
With improved synchronisation on their difficult spins and elements, the Brits were well worth their improved score.
It felt like a good swim and we definitely enjoyed the final.
It wasn’t enough to overtake eighth-placed Greece, who held a 1.2 point lead from the technical routine and scored 89.360 in the final to hold on to their position with an overall mark of 178.560.
But having finished 14th on their Olympic debut in Beijing four years ago and seventh behind the French at this season’s Europeans, the Brits were rightfully delighted with the outcome in London.
"There are always things we can improve on but it felt like a good swim and we definitely enjoyed the final," said Federici.