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Cowie and Randall looking to Rio 2016 after bringing Worlds campaign to a close

British Duet pair Jodie Cowie and Genevieve Randall have set their sights on Rio 2016 qualifiers after putting on their best performance at a major competition to finish 24th in the Kazan 2015 World Championship Duet Free prelims.

The 17-year olds were competing at their first World Championships as a Duet pair.

And they impressed to scored 76.0333 for their free routine, improving on their performances at the 2015 Baku European Games (75.3000) as well as at last year’s European Championships (75.1000).

Next year we’re going to learn and swim two new routines which hopefully be better suited to us.

Despite falling short of the top 12 qualifiers in Kazan, the duo are feeling positive in light of their consistent improvement.

We achieved the goals we wanted to reach

“We’re really happy because that’s one of the best swims we’ve done,” said Randall. “We achieved lots of the corrections we were set in the warm-up and the goals we wanted to reach throughout the swim.

“It’s been really hard because we have no financial support for ourselves to support getting to training, physiotherapy or sports science. We’re behind everyone else in that respect.

“But competing here makes us really want to come back and show that GB are still going and we are still pushing. We’ve not stopped just because we’ve lost all our funding.”

The English pair will now start work on two newly choreographed routines in the lead up to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games qualifiers next year. And Cowie is optimistic about the pair’s chances.

“Next year we’re going to learn and swim two new routines which hopefully be better suited to us,” said Cowie.

“So if we swim a routine that really suits us and we can get really into it, then hopefully we can go to the Rio qualifiers and do well.”

  • Click here to view full detailed results from Kazan.