London 2012 - Russia take gold as GB finish eighth
Performance director Biz Price believes there are plenty of positives to take after watching Great Britain’s synchronised swimming team finish eighth in their first competition at the London 2012 Aquatics Centre.
In the Olympic test event, and having finished eighth on 86.600 for their Team Technical routine, the Brits scored 86.640 for their Peter Pan-themed Free routine to maintain their overall position and finish on 173.240.
World and Olympic champions Russia (pictured) ultimately took gold on 195.91 ahead of Spain (193.220) and Japan (186.880).
And Price has revealed she picked up plenty of pointers from the competition as she seeks to guide Great Britain to their targeted top-six Olympic finish.
“We will take a look at our programme, we will dissect them and we will dissect everybody else’s and then we will decide what it is that we got scored well for and what we didn’t and will make the changes and adjustments,” she said.
“We will see what the other teams did well, what they may not have gotten scored well to make sure that we incorporate those changes to ours.
“We look at all the factors and evaluate the athletes against those factors. We evaluate everything but we also take a look at that particular week for specific targets that they have to hit. Because you are either ready or you are not.”
Commonwealth Games silver medallist Jenna Randall revealed the team has been working with a psychologist to adapt to the pressures of home advantage.
“I was very anxious. We have a psychologist and we speak to him about performance goals and how to deal with the pressure and everything like that,” she said.
“But it’s really just going into training, every day, training 100 percent,” added Randall, who injured her wrist two weeks ago and performed with a protective band.
The incident forced the 23-year-old – who placed 14th in Beijing with partner Olivia Federici –– to withdraw from the duet competition.
And while she didn’t get to compete in the duet competition because of her partner’s injury, Federici was pleased with how she performed.
"It felt really good," said Federici. "Our coaches have given us feedback already and they're really pleased.
"We knew we'd done all the work we needed to for this competition so it was just about letting the muscle memory do its job today and going for that big performance.
"Walking out on stage with such a big British crowd is such a great boost as well."
And having enjoyed their first experience in London Aquatics Centre, Federici admits the whole British team are looking forward to fine-tuning their routines again at May's European Championships in Eindhoven.
"The Europeans is another opportunity to compete with a lot of the top countries," added Federici.
"We'll head back to our National Performance Centre after this competition and look at our swims in depth.
"We'll get the feedback we need, look at what changes we need to made and then make them ready for the Olympics later in the year."