Synchronised swimmers chosen to represent Team GB at Rio 2016

Olivia Federici and Katie Clark will both represent Team GB in synchronised swimming at this summer’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The pair have been selected to compete in the duet event after securing a quota place for Team GB at the Olympic qualification event in Brazil in March.

Both competed in the team event at London 2012 – where they finished sixth – while Federici also went in the duet event four years ago and at Beijing 2008 alongside Jenna Randall.

The two swimmers had chosen to retire from the discipline after the World Championships in 2013 but returned to the sport late last year and will now be Team GB’s only representatives in synchronised swimming at Rio 2016.

Today’s announcement brings the total number selected athletes to Team GB to 65 from seven sports.

So let’s meet the team!

At 18 years old, Katie Clark was the youngest member of the British team chosen to compete at London 2012.

She had been on the team since she was 15 and with three Katies selected for the Games she often went by the name ‘C’ or ‘Kat’.

Katie’s sporting hero is French synchronised swimmer Virginie Dedieu, who has attended three Olympic Games and won duet bronze in Sydney 2000.

"It's exciting to be part of Team GB again after being selected for Rio 2016 which will be my second Games,” she said.

"We've continued to work hard for the whole year and we know this isn't the end point as we are going to strive to be even better in Rio."

Olivia Federici became one of the first synchronised swimmers to compete at an Olympic Games for 16 years when she joined Jenna Randall for the duet at the Beijing Games in 2008.

The two also represented Britain at London 2012 where they finished in ninth place.

Born in Plymouth, Olivia cites her Olympic hero as Jesse Owens and she is also admirers multiple Moto GP champion Valentino Rossi.

“It’s a huge honour to be selected for Team GB for the Rio 2016 Olympics which will be my third Games and I am relishing the opportunity to compete in that environment again,” she said.

“Having already competed in the pool in Rio we can’t wait to return and show how hard we have worked to improve our routines over the last three months.”