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Synchro pair receive England call for Delhi Games

Olivia Allison and Jenna Randall
Allison (left) and Randall finished fifth in the European Championships in August

Synchronised swimmers Jenna Randall and Olivia Allison have been selected to represent England at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi next month.

Randall's sister, Asha, has been named first reserve behind the Olympian pair, who will compete in the duet and solo.

National performance director Biz Price said: "Jenna and Olivia are the most experienced athletes on our team.

"This will be their second Commonwealth Games. Our aspirations for success are much higher for these Games."

Randall, 21, won solo silver at the Commonwealths in Melbourne in 2006, while she and Allison, 20, narrowly missed out on medals in the duet by finishing fourth.

They competed together at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.


"They will be able to use their knowledge from both the Olympics and World Championships to their benefit in Delhi," added Price.

"Although our preparation for this competition hasn't been ideal, we have had problems with injuries, and the athletes will face tough competition from the likes of Canada and Australia - I believe we will overcome our challenges and return home with medals in both events."

England's synchronised swimmers have won medals at all six Commonwealth Games to feature the event to date, but have never won gold.

However, at the European Championships in August, Randall and Allison delivered Britain's best result at a European event since 1995 with a fifth-placed finish in the Duet final fuelling hopes of a strong showing in Delhi.

"Olivia and I have a lot more experience than in 2006 and I really think we are in a better position now," said Randall. "We have been training hard and I think we should get the benefits from that in Delhi when we compete."

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