Synchronised swimming duet Katie Clark and Olivia Federici are out in Rio de Janeiro, ready to compete in the Olympic Test event with the hope of securing the vital quota place for Great Britain for this summer’s Games.
London Olympians Clark and Federici will compete in the heart of the Rio 2016 Olympic Park at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre which will host the Olympic Synchronised Swimming Qualification Tournament from the 2-6 March.
Clark and Federici will look to build on the strong competitive start to 2016, after finishing eighth at January’s German Open, the pair’s first international challenge since 2013 and putting in a strong performance at the French Open just a week later.
The pair have spent their final training preparation ahead of the competition out in Majorca, tweaking their routines and taking in expert advice from four-time Olympic medalist Andrea Fuentes.
The qualification event in Rio will be a challenge for us. We will need to be at our very best on that day in Brazil but both Katie and Olivia have worked really hard since returning to the pool and their progress is evident every day.
British Synchro Team Leader Karen Thorpe has noted the pair’s strong early season form, and said: “Katie and Olivia have had an extremely positive start to the season in their bid to qualify for the Olympics. The qualification event in Rio will be a challenge for us. We will need to be at our very best on that day in Brazil but both Katie and Olivia have worked really hard since returning to the pool and their progress is evident every day. They have just returned from working with Olympic medalist Andrea Fuentes in Majorca and I know this will have added greatly to their routines.”