Randall and Federici look to improve on Olympic performance

23 July 2013 / 13:41

Synchronised swimmers Jenna Randall and Olivia Federici believe they're well placed in edge further into the world's top ten at the World Championships in Barcelona.

The two-time Olympians claimed their best-ever finish in a global competition when they ranked eighth in the technical duet last weekend.

And they lie ninth heading into the duet free final after today's preliminaries in the Catalan capital.

The British pair scored 87.680 for their ‘ravens’ routine which they originally choreographed for last year’s Olympic Games.

They finished ninth with the same routine at London 2012 but have been working with former Japanese and Chinese national coach Masayo Imura to improve for this season.

"We did a really good swim. We were a bit worried about swimming first but it was a great swim and our coaches were really happy,” said Randall, who was competing for the sixth time in four days.

“We changed the beginning of this routine since the Olympics. We’re now starting with a lift to really give an impact at the start.

“Working with Masayo, we’ve simplified some things so we can show more accent, height and definition in the routine. At the Olympics, it was great but perhaps too fast because the judges couldn’t see all the things we were doing.

“So we’ve slowed it down a little bit to show the great movements and make it easier for the judges.”

Randall and Federici will now look Thursday's duet final - where the aim will be improving on their ninth place at last year's Olympics and edged ever closer to the sport's most powerful nations - Russia, Spain and China.

"The atmosphere here is great, synchro in Spain is a really big sport and everyone is very enthusiastic and clearly passionate about the sport," added Federici.

"We're excited about our progress and looking forward to the final."

Russia's Svetlana Kolesnichenko and Svetlana Romashina were the top qualifiers, followed by China's Tingting Jiang and Wenwen Jiang and Spain's Ona Carbonell and Margalida Crespi Jaume.

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