Katie Clark enjoying new synchro partnership
Reading’s Olympic synchronised swimmer Katie Clark is enjoying life with her new partner, Asha Randall.
The pair picked up a bronze medal in their first competition together – the Berlin Open last month.
Then at last weekend’s British Gas Championships in Sheffield, Katie and Asha took second place in the technical duet behind Canada on Saturday before winning the Free Duet on Sunday.
The pair began with a score of 83.700 points after the technical duet, five points behind Canada.
But the Canadians opted out of the free duet and Randall and Clark made the most of it, scoring 84.920 to finish on 168.620 overall.
Katie, a member of the Reading Royals Synchronised Swimming Club, added: “I had been really happy with the way our first event went as although we had high expectations for the competition we didn’t think we’d win a medal.
“We improved on Germany [Berlin Open] and we got better scores from the Tech duet so that’s good.”
Katie and her partner from the Rushmoor Synchro club have set their sights on improving as a duet – and on winning a place in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. She said: “I believe we have a good chance of winning a medal in Brazil if we keep training like we have done.”
Last year Katie was a member of the Great Britain team that finished sixth in the London Olympic Games.
As well as competing, Katie is helping launch British Gas’s fitness campaign Swim Britain. She said: “Swimming is a really good way to get the public active, especially with the hectic life styles we all live. “And with the weather being so unpredictable swimming is a great form of exercise that you can do all year round.”
Katie Clark is a member of the British Gas GBR Synchronised Swimming Team.
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