Olivia just misses out on Olympic final

PUBLISHED: 18:27 21 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:49 26 October 2009

FORMER Potters Bar synchronised swimmer Olivia Allison just missed out on the final of the duet at the Olympics with partner Jenna Randall. Teenagers Allison and Randall, who were aiming for a top 16 finish at their first Games, went into the free routine

FORMER Potters Bar synchronised swimmer Olivia Allison just missed out on the final of the duet at the Olympics with partner Jenna Randall.

Teenagers Allison and Randall, who were aiming for a top 16 finish at their first Games, went into the free routine lying in 14th place in Beijing.

After exceeding their expectations in the technical routine, the British pair entered the stage with added confidence.

National performance director Biz Price increased the difficulty throughout the girls' routines and with the free routine being their most competent, they knew they would be able to score well.

The girls scored between 8.8 and 9.2 in their free routine to help them remain above their closest rivals.

In total Randall and Allison scored 89.333 to continue their impressive form from earlier this summer.

Overall, the Brits scored 88.584 and finished in 14th place, two outside of the final.

Randall and St Albans girl Allison have now moved up six places in the world rankings after an impressive display at their first Olympic Games.

Allison, who is an honorary member of Hatfield Swimming Club, said: "So much hard work has gone into getting ready for these Olympics.

"We've done a lot of cardio work for our stamina and weights for our strength, and the results are very exciting."

Speaking after the competition, she added: "We've sacrificed so much for Beijing but it's worth it.

"Education is on hold and training always comes first, but days like today make it all worthwhile."

Commenting on their overall performance, synchro partner Randall added: "Top 16 was our aim and we've bettered that with 14th, less than a point from making the final. That's an amazing achievement.

"We received three 9s in that score and that means 'excellent'.

"In just 18 months we've gone from scoring 7s to 9s and that's a big leap.

"These Games were all about experience and we now face a very intense and important four years going into London."

Biz Price has been impressed with the girls' development and progression throughout the year and the way they coped with the pressure of the Olympic Games.

"The girls have done so well and are ahead of what we targeted," said Price.

"It's been a great success for them, not only in terms of performance but also in terms of experience.

"The other nations have seen how far the duet has come, the improvements made and there's a real buzz about the British duet at the moment.

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