British eight happy with first day show

09 August 2012 / 16:57

The British synchronised swimming team put in a confident performance on Thursday as they competed at their first ever Olympic Games.

Team GB go into the second day of the competition in sixth place, exactly on the target set by coach Biz Price.

The eight-strong team performed their technical routine to classical music, Paganini Five, in front of an audience including the Duchess of Cambridge.

Olivia Federici, 22, said: "Our preparation felt really good in the pool, we were really confident and calm and it set us up for a really confident performance.

"Underwater it felt very calm and everyone felt like they knew what they were doing, they weren't getting overwhelmed, we were very focused and nothing was distracting us, so it felt really good.

"We'll have to look at the scores and see what we can improve on tomorrow. We'll have a look at the video and see if we can carry anything over into our free routine so we can do another great performance."

Synchro has made great strides in Britain over the last few years, mainly since Price was appointed national performance director in 2007 and the high performance centre at Aldershot was established.

Already competing at international level on little training or funding were Federici and Jenna Randall, the most high-profile synchronettes in Britain. The pair came ninth in the duets phase of the competition, having ended in 14th place in Beijing.

Reigning Olympic champions Russia, who are favourites to keep the title, performed their routine to Russian Dance by Denis Garnizov, and came away with the top score of the day, 98.1.

At the end of Thursday China were in second place with 97.0, and Spain third with 96.2. The final stage of the competition is on Friday when the teams will perform their free routines.