Olivia close to Olympic qualification

PUBLISHED: 18:05 18 April 2008 | UPDATED: 22:10 26 October 2009

A FORMER Potters Bar synchro swimmer moved a step closer to Olympic qualification in Beijing today. Britain s Olivia Allison, who was once a member of the Furzefield Centre-based club, and Jenna Randall took to the pool today in the duet free routine as t

A FORMER Potters Bar synchro swimmer moved a step closer to Olympic qualification in Beijing today.

Britain's Olivia Allison, who was once a member of the Furzefield Centre-based club, and Jenna Randall took to the pool today in the duet free routine as the pair look to secure their spot at the 2008 Games.

The pair competed in the duet technical event on Wednesday, and 50 per cent of both marks were taken today and combined to give them their final score and placing.

Olympic qualification is quite complicated. The top 14 ranked duets after the technical and the first round of the free event were selected for the Beijing Games.

Only four places are left for the remaining teams, which will decided by taking the technical score and tally from the second round of the free event.

The British pairing put in a strong display in the water on Friday and finished with 86.333 points.

That left them in equal 15th place with Mexico overall.

With only one of the two teams able to go through as first round qualifiers to the Olympics later this year, Britain just missed out as Mexico's score in the free event was marginally better.

St Albans teenager Allison and partner Randall now move into Sunday's second round ranked as the top duet, and will take a lot of confidence from their performances so far.

Biz Price, British Synchronised Swimming's national performance director, was really happy with the duet's display in the Beijing pool.

"Coming into the event I set them a target of going into the second round of the duet free as the top ranked pair," said Price.

"After the performance in the technical event there was a chance that they could have qualified in the first round but we were just beaten by Mexico.

"Sometimes, despite putting in a great performance, you just miss out but this kind of thing can happen in sport.

"They have gotten over the disappointment very quickly and take a lot of confidence from this heading into Sunday."

Price added: "It gives the girls another chance to put in a performance in front of judges, which is a good thing, and they were boosted by the Spanish saying they gave a 'wow performance'.


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