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Rebecca Adlington named BOA Olympic Athlete of the Year

21 December 2010

Double Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington was named 2010 Olympic Athlete of the Year for Aquatic sports by the British Olympic Association.

Adlington repeated her 2008 Olympic double at the Commonwealth Games in October, winning the 400m and 800m Freestyle titles in Delhi.

I can't wait to test myself against the best in the world in 2011.

She also collected a couple of bronze medals in the 200m Freestyle and 4x200m Freestyle Relay, capping a successful Commonwealth debut.

And having also scooped 400m Freestyle gold and 4x200m Freestyle Relay bronze at the European Championships in Budapest earlier in the year, the 21-year old admitted she was already targeting more silverware at next year’s World Championships in Shanghai.

“I'm proud and honoured to have won this award in 2010, given the achievements of so many British Swimmers at both the European Championships and Commonwealth Games,” said Adlington.

“I can't wait to test myself against the best in the world in 2011, as I continue to prepare for London 2012.”

The BOA Olympic Athlete of the Year award was introduced in 2005, to mark the BOA’s Centenary Year and the success of London being awarded the 2012 Olympic Games.

The BOA presented a trophy to each of the 33 summer and winter Olympic sports for them to award on an annual basis to their top performing athlete of the year.

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