Welcome to Double Olympic Champion swimmer Rebecca Adlington’s facts and figures profile page.
Date Of Birth: 17th Feburary 1989
Born: Mansfield, Notts
Team/Club: Nova Centurion
Favourite Events: 400 and 800m Freestyle
Rebecca Adlington is Britain's first Olympic swimming champion since 1988 and the first British swimmer to win two Olympic gold medals since 1908 and Great Britain's most successful Olympic swimmer in 100 years.
At the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008, Adlington became a household name overnight after winning gold in the 400m Freestyle. Later in the 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 - two seconds under the previous record set by USA's Janet Evans when Adlington was six months old.
Adlington scooped her first World Championship medals over long course, winning bronze in the 400m Freestyle and 4x200m Freestyle Relay.
2010 saw Adlington return to her best form as she added the Commonwealth crowns to her two Olympic golds over 400m and 800m Freestyle. A succesful week at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi also saw Adlington collect 200m Freestyle and 4x200m Freestyle Relay bronze.
Adlington continued her progression into 2011, winning her first World Championship silver medal in the 400m Freestyle in Shanghai before going one better to become Great Britain's first ever freestyle swimming world champion by taking 800m Freestyle gold.
|Long Course 200m Freestyle||1:56.66||2008|
|Long Course 400m Freestyle||4:00.79||2009|
|Long Course 800m Freestyle||8:14.10||2008||WR|
|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 to date Winning two Gold Medals at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing which included the world record in the 800m Freestyle
Aspirations To qualify for the Olympics in 2012
Training Regime I train ten times a week in the pool, each session lasts two hours. Additionally I spend one hour a day doing dry land work either running or gym work
Who has been greatest influence on you My coach Bill Furniss
Swimming Short term Goals To qualify for the Commonwealth Games
Swimming Long Term Goals To qualify for the London Olympics
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
Studies Full time swimmer
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
Last book read Chris Hoy's autobiography
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
Films Love Comedy/Rom Coms. Too hard to pick all time favourite but the UglyTruth and The Hangover from the past twelve months
Band/Music Mixure of most genres, bit of Beyonce/Girls Aloud and the Killers
Food Mum's Sunday Roast - the Yorkshire Puddings are immense
Hobbies None really
Sports Person Chris Hoy - not only for what he has achieved but his work ethic and the way he conducts himself