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Palmer, Bawden book Games spot
Angela Habashy
20:26 AEST Sat Jun 16 2012
Becchara Palmer (left) and her team mate Louise Bawden celebrate.
Beach volleyball duo Becchara Palmer and Louise Bawden have booked a spot at the London Games.

Australia's No.1 beach volleyball pairing of Becchara Palmer and Louise Bawden secured a London Olympic Games berth at a tournament in Rome on Friday.

The duo's ninth-place finish at the FIVB World Tour event was enough to cement a top-16 place in the world rankings and automatic qualification for the 24-team women's beach volleyball Olympic tournament.

With the Rome competition being the last tournament before the Olympic qualifying period cut off on June 18, Palmer and Bawden have accumulated enough points to sit 14th on the rankings.

This will be 30-year-old Bawden's second Olympics with Sydney 2000 her last Games, while Palmer, 23, will make her Olympic debut in London.

Natalie Cook and her Beijing Games partner Tamsin Hinchley and Australia's men's team of Chris McHugh and Josh Slack finished outside the top-16 and will hope to book a ticket to London in next week's Continental Cup qualifying tournament in China from June 20-24.

Cook is vying to become the first Australian woman to compete at five Olympic Games.

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