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London 2012: China's synchronised swimmers in Surrey

A team of synchronised swimmers from China have chosen Surrey as their training base ahead of the Olympics.

They will train in the pool at Surrey Sports Park, in Guildford, and are the 13th Olympic nation to base their team at the University of Surrey-owned site.

The visiting group includes 18 people, of whom nine are athletes.

Several tennis players will also join their swimming counterparts at the venue after a deal was signed with the Chinese National Olympic Committee.

The site includes a 50m (164ft) pool and eight outdoor tennis courts.

Paul Blanchard, chief executive of Surrey Sports Park, said: "Welcoming a nation with such a strong Olympic pedigree is very special.

"We have athletes with real medal hopes training with us and we hope that we can be a significant part of their preparations towards that goal."

China joins a number of other Olympic and Paralympic teams training at Surrey Sports Park ahead of London 2012, including those from Great Britain, Singapore and Nigeria.

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