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Swim star has one eye on London

Jenna Randall
Randall won silver at the 2006 Commonwealth Games (Getty)

Synchronised swimmer Jenna Randall is looking forward to her first Olympics, but admits Beijing is mainly a chance to gain experience before London 2012.

The Ascot-born swimmer told BBC Radio Berkshire: "When people talk to me about the Olympics, I always just have this massive smile on my face.

"It will be great to say: 'I've gone to the Olympics.'

"But this is our first games so we're just going to get the experience- it's all working towards 2012."

At 19 and 18 respectively, Randall and her partner Olivia Allison will be the second youngest pair in the duet competition.

Despite her success in the 2006 Commonwealth Games, where she won silver in the solo event, Randall says that at Olympic level the Great Britain team is seeking experience rather than medals.

I'm looking forward to being with team GB, having the atmosphere and excitement with all the other athletes.

Jenna Randall

"There's lots of athletes competing there that have more experience than us and are stronger than us.

"We're hoping for a top 16 finish, if not top 15."

Even so, after years in the international wilderness, British synchronised swimming is currently enjoying a resurgence.

Randall and Allison are Great Britain's first Olympic entrants since 1992, and the pair are determined to share their experiences with the clutch of young swimmers vying for places at London 2012.

"We're going to be writing a journal every day - how we feel, how the training is going - and we're also going to do a video diary for them as well, to talk them through what goes well, and if anything goes wrong, how to deal with it.

"That will help them for 2012. Obviously, we'll be in the team with them, and we want our team to be the best it can be."

Randall is confident that she can learn from the other British athletes.

Jenna Randall
Randall and Allison are Britain's first synchronised swimmers at the Olympics for 16 years (Getty)

"I'm looking forward to being with team GB, having the atmosphere and excitement with all the other athletes.

"I'm looking forward to getting to meet them and talk to them about their experience from other Olympic games, and seeing the way that they train."

However, there is one athlete in particular Randall is hoping to rub shoulders with in Beijing.

"My hero since I was very young is Gemma Mengual. She's the Spanish soloist who's recently become European champion.

"I've always looked up to her and she's inspired me through my career."

The synchronised swimming begins on 18 August.


see also
Team GB for Beijing
29 Nov 07 |  Team GB
Swimming on the BBC
02 Oct 07 |  Swimming
Guide to synchro
02 Mar 06 |  Swimming


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