Rebecca Adlington is Great Britain’s most successful Olympic swimmer of the past 100 years, having won four medals across two Olympic Games in 2008 and 2012.
Rebecca Adlington Profile
|Date of Birth||17th February 1989|
|Achievements||Double Olympian (2008, 2012), 4 x Olympic medals, 4 x World medals, 4 x Commonwealth medals, 3 x European medals, 2 x World SC medals|
The teenager's achievements in China made her the first British swimmer to win two Olympic gold medals since 1908 and first British Olympic swimming champion since Adrian Moorhouse at Seoul 1988.
The following season, Adlington scooped her first World Championship medals in the long course pool, winning bronze in both the 400m Freestyle and 4x200m Freestyle Relay.
She returned to her best form in time for her Commonwealth debut at Delhi 2010, doubling up again for golds over 400m and 800m Freestyle, as well as adding two more bronze medals over 200m Freestyle and 4x200m Freestyle Relay.
In 2011, Adlington completed her collecting of international titles, becoming Great Britain's first freestyle world champion with 800m Freestyle gold in Shanghai, having already won 400m Freestyle silver earlier in the week.
She signed off in memorable style at her second Olympic Games in front of a home crowd at London 2012, springing a surprise bronze medal from an outside lane in the 400m Freestyle, then repeating the result to win an emotional 800m Freestyle bronze.
|Long Course 200m Freestyle||1:56.66||2008|
|Long Course 400m Freestyle||4:00.79||2009|
|Long Course 800m Freestyle||8:14.10||2008||ER|
|Short Course 200m Freestyle||1:59.25||2006|
|Short Course 400m Freestyle||3:59.04||2009|
|Short Course 800m Freestyle||8:08.25||2008|
|Olympic Games||400m Freestyle||2012||4:03.01||BRONZE|
|World Championships||200m Freestyle||2011||1:59.40||24th|
|4x200m Freestyle Relay||7:45.51||BRONZE|
|Commonwealth Games||200m Freestyle||2010||1:58.47||BRONZE|
|4x200m Freestyle Relay||7:58.61||BRONZE|
|European Championships||400m Freestyle||2010||4:04.55||GOLD|
|4x200m Freestyle Relay||7:55.29||BRONZE|
|4x200m Freestyle Relay (heats)||7:57.86||4th|
|World Short Course Championships||800m Freestyle||2008||8:08.25||GOLD|
|4x200m Freestyle Relay||7:36.96||SILVER|
|European Short Course Championships||400m Freestyle||2006||4:09.66||14th|
|British Championships||400m Freestyle||2012||4:02.35||GOLD|
|ASA Championships||200m Freestyle||2012||1:58.68||GOLD|
In the Pool
Greatest achievement: Winning two gold medals at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing which included the world record in the 800m Freestyle.
Training regime: I trained ten times a week in the pool, each session lasts two hours. Additionally I spent one hour a day doing dry land work either running or gym work.
Who has been greatest influence on you: My coach Bill Furniss.
When did you begin swimming: I learnt to swim aged four following the footsteps of my two elder sisters and started competitvely for Sherwood Collery in Mansfield doing relays aged nine and individually at ten.
Out of the Pool
Family members: Parents Kay and Steve, Older sisters - Chloe and Laura and dog Daisy.
Other sports: I run a little.
Ultimate relaxation: Staying in my joggers and watching a movie with friends.
One thing you can’t live without: Family.
Most surprising thing that has happened to me: Getting an OBE aged twenty. Never expected to!
Tip for the top: Enjoy what you do.
Life after swimming: To enjoy new challenges and some lie ins!
How would you like to be remembered: Someone who worked hard enjoyed what they did and hoepfully made a difference to the sport.
Food: Mum's Sunday Roast - the Yorkshire Puddings are immense.
Sportsperson: Chris Hoy - not only for what he has achieved but his work ethic and the way he conducts himself.