OLIVIA Federici insists there is work to do in her search for perfection ahead of today’s synchronised swimming duet final.
The former Portsmouth Victoria ace and Team GB partner Jenna Randall qualified for their first-ever Olympic final in ninth place yesterday.
Now they will seek to improve on their 10th-place finish at last year’s World Championships in Shanghai when the competition gets under way at the Aquatics Centre today from 3pm.
‘It wasn’t our best performance, although it was still a good swim, and there are things we need to work to get it perfect,’ said Federici.
‘We need to get our technical aspects perfect and we’ll look at the video, see what went wrong and come out and try to give our best performance ever.
‘The crowd are great and we’re really looking forward to getting back out here.’
Federici and Randall have one of the most demanding training schedules of any British athlete at the Games, spending 45 hours a week training – much of it in the pool at their training base in Hampshire.
While most taper – or ease up – before major championships, they increase their training intensity, ramping up the hours in a sport where endless repetition is the only key to success.
‘We train eight hours a day in the water working on these routines and this is the one we want to get absolutely right,’ added Randall.
‘The past four years have been lots of hard, hard work and many hours training.
‘We’ve gone from being 22nd in the world five years ago to hopefully being in the top eight or nine here.
‘Synchro is a very judged sport, we can only do our best performance and hope that the judges reward us with good marks. Our reputation as a country is improving. We’d still like higher marks and there are countries that we think we can move ahead of in the future.
‘But it’s great the public are seeing our sport and seeing how hard it is.’
The final will see the top 12 pairs compete again and repeat the same free program they performed yesterday, with the score added to their performance from the technical routine.
Russia’s Natalia Ishchenko, a 15-time world champion, and Svetlana Romashina looked certs for gold, with China and Spain expected to contest the other podium positions.
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