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Becky Adlington

Full name: Rebecca "Becky" Adlington
Gender: Female
Height: 5'10" (179 cm)
Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
Born: February 17, 1989 in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, Great Britain
Affiliations: Nova Centurion, Nottingham (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 2 Gold, 2 Bronze (4 Total)

Biography

After winning the British championships and finishing second in the European Championships in 2006 much was expected of Rebecca Adlington at the 2007 World Championships. However she left the pool in tears having failed even to reach the final of the 800 freestyle. She started 2008 by setting a new British 800 metre record at the Olympic trials and arrived at Beijing as one of the favourites for that event. The events of the Olympic 400 free were wholly unexpected however. After qualifying second for the final, Adlington was still a distant fifth as the field approached the final turn but put in a sprint finish that overhauled leader Katie Hoff of the USA in the closing few metres and she became the first female British Olympic swimming champion since 1960. Even more impressive was her swim in the 800 freestyle where she broke the longest standing world record on her way to her second gold of the Games. This was the first time for a century that a British swimmer had won more than one gold medal at an Olympic Games. In the aftermath of her new found celebrity she struggled to cope and her performances dipped in 2009 when she left the World Championships with only a pair of bronze medals. She posted a mixed set of results at the 2010 European Championships where, after finishing way back in seventh in her favoured 800 metres, she returned to her best form by winning the 400. This seemed to rekindle her career and, after winning the 400/800 double at the Commonwealth Games, she took her first world title when she won the 800 freestyle in 2011.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
2008 Summer 19 Beijing Swimming Women's 400 metres Freestyle Great Britain GBR 1 Gold
2008 Summer 19 Beijing Swimming Women's 800 metres Freestyle Great Britain GBR 1 Gold WR
2012 Summer 23 London Swimming Women's 400 metres Freestyle Great Britain GBR 3 Bronze
2012 Summer 23 London Swimming Women's 800 metres Freestyle Great Britain GBR 3 Bronze

Women's 400 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T RT L 5dT 5dR 1cT 1cR 1.5cT 1.5cR 2cT 2cR 2.5cT 2.5cR 3cT 3cR 3.5cT 3.5cR 5d-1cT 1-1.5cT 1.5-2cT 2-2.5cT 2.5-3cT 3-3.5cT 3.5-4cT
2008 Summer 19 Beijing Swimming Great Britain Final 1 4:03.22 0.82 5
2008 Summer 19 Beijing Swimming Great Britain Round One Heat Six 2 QU 4:02.24 0.86 3
2012 Summer 23 London Swimming Great Britain Final 3 4:03.01 0.74 28.35 4 58.97 6 1:29.86 6 2:00.90 6 2:31.64 5 3:02.79 4 3:33.35 3 30.62 30.89 31.04 30.74 31.15 30.56 29.66
2012 Summer 23 London Swimming Great Britain Round One Heat Three 1 Q 04:05.7 0.76 28.42 1 58.66 1 1:29.51 1 2:00.80 1 2:32.09 1 3:03.58 1 3:35.21 1 30.24 30.85 31.29 31.29 31.49 31.63 30.54

Women's 800 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T RT L 1cT 1cR 2cT 2cR 3cT 3cR 4cT 4cR 5cT 5cR 6cT 6cR 7cT 7cR 1-2cT 2-3cT 3-4cT 4-5cT 5-6cT 6-7cT 7-8cT
2008 Summer 19 Beijing Swimming Great Britain Final 1 WR 8:14.10 0.84 4
2008 Summer 19 Beijing Swimming Great Britain Round One Heat Four 1 QU/OR 8:18.06 0.83 4
2012 Summer 23 London Swimming Great Britain Final 3 8:20.32 0.77 58.98 3 2:01.07 3 3:03.18 2 4:05.50 2 5:08.73 2 6:12.40 2 7:16.30 3 1:02.09 1:02.11 1:02.32 1:03.23 1:03.67 1:03.90 1:04.02
2012 Summer 23 London Swimming Great Britain Round One Heat Five 1 Q 8:21.78 0.77 1:00.18 1 2:03.45 1 3:06.46 1 4:09.40 1 5:12.31 1 6:15.42 1 7:19.17 1 1:03.27 1:03.01 1:02.94 1:02.91 1:03.11 1:03.75 1:02.61