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Swimming - 18. April 2008.


Britain's Olivia Allison and Jenna Randall took to the pool today in the Duet Free routine as the pair look to secure their spot at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

The pair competed in the Duet Technical event on Wednesday (16 April), and 50% of both marks were taken today and combined to give them their final score and placing.

The top 14 ranked duets after the Technical and the first round of the Free event, were selected for the Olympics. Only four places are left for the remaining teams, which will decided by taking the Technical score and that from the second round of the Free event.

The pairing put in a strong display in the water today and finished with 86.333 points and left them in equal 15th place with Mexico overall.

With only one of the two teams able to go through as first round qualifiers to make it to the Games later this year, Britain just missed out as Mexico's score in the Free event was marginally better.

Allison and Randall now move into Sunday's second round ranked as the top duet, and will take a lot of confidence from their performances so far.

British Synchronised Swimming National Performance Director, Biz Price, was really happy with the duet's performance.

"Coming into the event I set them a target of going into the second round of the Duet Free as the top ranked pair," said Price.

"After the performance in the Technical event there was a chance that they could've have qualified in the first round but we were just beaten by Mexico.

"Sometimes, despite putting in a great performance you just miss out but this kind of thing can happen in sport. They have gotten over the disappointment very quickly and take a lot of confidence from this heading into Sunday," continued Price.

"It give the girls another chance to put in a performance in front of judges which is a good thing, and they were boosted by the Spanish saying they gave a "wow performance."
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