Career-best finish for Randall and Federici
Synchronised swimmers Jenna Randall and Olivia Federici secured a career-best eighth place in the Duet Tech final at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona.
Having finished ninth at the past two Worlds and placed ninth for their Technical routine at London 2012 last year, the Brits scored 87.800 to step up their ranking in Spain.
Italy’s Linda Cerruti and Constanza Ferro also scored 87.800 to finish joint-eighth with the Brits, who improved their score after an 87.700 in the morning’s prelims.
“We were really focusing on the execution of our elements tonight and we wanted to do better than we did in the prelim,” said Randall, who finished ninth in the Solo Tech routine on day on in Spain.
“We felt really as a unit in the water which is fantastic and we haven’t really felt like that for years.”
Competing at their fourth consecutive World Championships together, Randall and Federici were performing their ‘Ravens’ routine to Grieg’s Peer Gynt, which they also performed last season.
And Federici insisted working with renowned synchronised swimming coach Masayo Imura – who coached the Chinese to six medals at the 2011 World Champs – in the past two months has had an impact in the run-up to Barcelona.
"She [Masayo] really helped us on technique especially on the elements,” said Federici.
“She’s brought in sculling techniques which has made a difference to our height and stability in the routines.
Just having a different approach and perspective on the routines has helped as well and we’ve really enjoyed working with her over the last two months. We call her super-coach.”
Randall will return to the water on day three for the Solo Free prelims while Federici will join her on day four for the Duet Free prelims.