Swimming star calls time on her career in the pool.
Double Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington has called time of her career as swimmer at the age of just 23.
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At a press conference on Tuesday, Adlington, who was a star of the British team when winning gold in the 400m and 800m freestyle at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, announced that she will no longer be taking part in competitive swimming.
Adlington won two bronze medals at the London Games last summer after feeling the weight of expectation from competing in front of the home crowd at the Aquatic Centre, but does not believe her body can last out until the next Olympics in Brazil in three-and-a-half years time.
“I hate the word retire,” Adlington said. “I love swimming but as a competitive element and elite athlete I won’t compete any more. (But) I’ll always be swimming even when I am 90 years old.”
Adlington is now likely to head into coaching the next generation of swimmers, with her own coach Bill Furniss having only just been appointed as British Swimming’s head coach – testament to his work with Adlington.
She added: “I couldn’t have done it without my family. Even my sisters, they helped me with my homework. (But) Bill is the biggest thing. He has helped me as an athlete as much as a person. Now I’ve not got Bill without me, I feel a little bit lost. I think he is going to do such a brilliant job (as GB head coach).”
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