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Synchro duo named in Olympic team

Olivia Allison and Jenna Randall
Allison and Randall gained Britain's first Olympic spot since 1992

British synchronised swimmers Olivia Allison and Jenna Randall have been chosen for the Beijing Olympics after winning their qualification tournament.

The duo excelled at the National Aquatics Centre in Beijing last weekend to finish one point clear of Belarus.

Allison, 18, and 19-year-old Randall will compete in the duet in what is the first Olympics for either woman.

It will be the first time since 1992 that Great Britain has been represented in Olympic synchronised swimming.

Allison said: "I'm really happy to have been selected for the Olympics. It will be my first, and to be involved in such a prestigious event is an honour.

"This will be a great experience and will be a stepping stone as we look towards London 2012."

National performance director Biz Price praised the pair's performance in Beijing.

"I'm very pleased with how Olivia and Jenna have done," she said.

"In terms of performance, we were ahead of the other competing nations.

"Being able to swim in front of a full-capacity crowd in the centre would have been a good experience for them."

see also
In sync for Beijing
16 Apr 08 |  Swimming
Synchro pair secure Olympic place
20 Apr 08 |  Swimming
China unveils 'Water Cube' venue
01 Feb 08 |  Olympics
Randall secures synchro ranking
19 Mar 07 |  Swimming
Synchro stars demand more funding
20 Mar 06 |  Commonwealth Games
Randall wins solo synchro silver
19 Mar 06 |  Commonwealth Games
Guide to synchro
02 Mar 06 |  Swimming
Team GB for Beijing
14 Apr 08 |  Team GB
Swimming on the BBC
02 Oct 07 |  Swimming

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