Federici: You will Never forget our team routine

Olivia Federici, right, and Jenna Randall in action during the final of the duets competition
Olivia Federici, right, and Jenna Randall in action during the final of the duets competition
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Olivia Federici delivered a strong showing in the duet final of the synchronised swimming and promised: There’s more to come.

She teamed up with Jenna Randall in the Aquatics Centre yesterday, after they became the first Great Britain pair to reach the final.

Ultimately they had to settle for ninth, the same spot in which they qualified.

But their scores were up in a hotly-contested event and former Portsmouth Victoria swimmer Federici, 22, is confident the duo are moving in the right direction.

‘We stepped up a bit from qualifying and it was our best score,’ she said.

‘We definitely enjoyed the final. It felt like a good swim.

‘There are always things we can fix for our next competition because we want to improve and take a step up.

‘It can always be more perfect.

‘But you can be happy if you give everything and it is your best performance to date.’

The GB duo were sixth to go in the final.

And when they finished – to a huge ovation from the home fans – they occupied third spot.

They embraced by the side of the pool when the score of 89.170 was announced.

It gave them a total of 177.270 when combined with their technical routine from qualifying.

But a medal was not a realistic proposition, with the highly-fancied Russians among the strong pairings to come.

And as expected, Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina sparkled in the pool, with an immense display.

They took gold with an overall score of 197.100, ahead of Spain who picked up silver and China with bronze.

There’s no letting up for Federici, though.

She is back in the pool tomorrow in the first round of the team competition.

It will be another landmark routine for Great Britain as they compete in the event for the first time at the Olympics.

Federici has promised British fans something to remember with their free routine on Friday, after tomorrow’s technical event.

She said: ‘For the team free routine, we’ve gone for a British theme of Peter Pan, so that’s what we will be swimming on Friday.

‘That’s the one with all the lifts and you are free to do what you like.’

It will be a new experience for the other members of the GB team, with Federici and Randall the only two to have so far tasted Olympic action.

They will have a key role to play in helping pass on their experience for what will again be a partisan atmosphere.

‘It will be really exciting for the other members of the team to feel the crowd,’ she added.

‘It gives us a boost and more confidence and that will be something for our team-mates to enjoy.’