Rebecca Adlington

Rebecca Adlington


Rebecca Adlington is Britain's most successful swimmer of all time, who became a household name after her stunning feats in Beijing 2008, winning gold in the 400m freestyle.


Later in that week, Adlington set a world record in the heats of the 800m freestyle before going on to win the final two days later in another world record of 8:14.10. Her achievements saw her become the first British Olympic swimming champion since 1988, and her swoop of a second gold days later matched a feat from back in 1908, making her Britain's most successful swimmer in 100 years.


At the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, Adlington added to her haul, firstly as part of the English record setting 4 x 200 m freestyle replay team that took bronze, before winning in the 800 m freestyle, her first gold medal of the Commonwealth games. In a repeat of her 2008 double, Adlington went on to comfortably take the gold in the 400 m freestyle.


The 2011 World Aquatics Championship presented Adlington with the chance to claim more success, which she duly obliged in. Victory in the 800 m freestyle secured another gold, followed by a silver medal in 400 m.


At this summer's London 2012 games, Adlington added two bronze medals in 400 m and 800 m freestyle events to her growing collection of successes.


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