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Swimming - 24. July 2008.

Further progress for Synchro Duet

Jenna Randall and Olivia Allison, Britain's first Olympic synchronised swimming duet since 1992, demonstrated promising performances by gaining a new personal best score in Barcelona.

The girls finished sixth with a total of 89.500, 1.5 points ahead of Kazakhstan who came seventh and 2.6 points in front of eighth placed Mexico, two of their biggest rivals.

The pair were aiming to gain scores of high eights and nines and so their highest score of 9.1 was obviously a great achievement, particularly when competing in Spain - a country known for its excellent synchronised swimming talent.

With the Olympics looming, this is a great confidence boost for the pair and indicates their move into the higher scores. National Performance Director Biz Price altered the routines to make them more challenging in the hope of gaining more points, and was pleased with the performance she saw from the pair in Spain.

"We're all very pleased with the performance at the weekend," Price said. "To beat our rivals is very encouraging this close to the Olympics. Mexico beat us in the prelims so to go ahead of them in the final was excellent.

"It's going to be a challenge for us to beat Mexico again at the Olympics. But this weekend has given us a huge confidence boost and a push to get even better scores in Beijing.

"We are extremely motivated to continue our improvements and I am encouraged by the girl's consistent performances and good feedback from the competition in Barcelona
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