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GB synchro swimmers get 2012 Olympic places

Britain's Olivia Allison and Jenna Randall
Olivia Allison and Jenna Randall will be hoping to make it on to the GB team

Great Britain's synchronised swimming teams have been awarded places at the London 2012 Olympics.

The British Olympic Association confirmed the sport can have the maximum nine host nation qualification places for team and duet competitions.

"This decision is a testament to our athletes and staff," said national performance director Biz Price.

Wrestling is now the only other Olympic sport waiting to hear whether it will have British representation.

It is expected to learn its fate in April but all other sports have either confirmed host places or will be expected to qualify athletes by right.

Basketball, table tennis, judo, handball, indoor volleyball, water polo, weightlifting and beach volleyball have all already been given host national places.

The host nation places for synchronised swimming depend on British athletes meeting British Swimming's selection criteria.

Price, whose squad is based in Aldershot, added: "We have enjoyed a period of rapid improvement and this has become evident by our results on the international circuit.

"We have proven that our athletes are competitive on a world stage in what I view as a young and dynamic sport.

"In synchronised swimming, we have a young team and we have all worked hard to ensure that our athletes are ready, not only for 2012, but also for 2016."

Synchronised swimmer Katie Dawkins from Bristol added: "We have worked so hard since we were centralised in 2007 and to be recognised as being competitive on a world stage by the British Olympic Association is great.

"We are all really excited about having the opportunity to compete at the Olympics."

The 2012 synchronised swimming events will take place at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park from 5-10 August.

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