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London 2012 Olympics qualifying: Synchro Swimming


GB synchro stars in Chris Evans' hot tub

How qualification works:

16-31 JULY 2011
World Championships in Shanghai, China
18-22 APRIL 2012
Olympic qualifying tournament in London

Synchronised swimming is a discipline restricted to women at the Olympic Games, who compete for medals in the team and duet events.

For the team event, the eight teams which contest the Olympic final qualify via their respective continental championships - which supply five teams - and an Olympic qualifier, in London in April 2012, to find the remaining three.

Each of the teams reaching the Olympic final also earns a place for two athletes from their country in the duet event, alongside the duets who placed highest at each of the five continental championships (and who have not otherwise qualified).

The remaining places are allocated by going down the results of the same Olympic qualifying tournament, in April 2012, assigning places to the top-ranked duets until 24 pairs have been selected.

Olivia Allison and Jenna Randall
Allison and Randall at the 2010 Commonwealth Games

How are GB competitors doing?

Olivia Allison and Jenna Randall, 11th in the duet at the World Championships in Rome two years ago, are Britain's best synchro hope.

GB has the luxury of one host berth in both the duet and team competitions, so qualification is unlikely to be an issue for Allison and Randall, whose focus is now on ensuring they remain Britain's top pairing.

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