Hundreds gather at Oaktree Leisure Centre to watch Rebecca Adlington

HUNDREDS of swimming fans crammed into the Oaktree Leisure Centre on Friday to cheers on local hero Rebecca Adlington during her unsuccessful bid for another Olympic gold.

Adlington, who won double gold in Beijing four years ago, had already won bronze in London in the 400m, but was beaten by 15-year-old American Katie Ledecky in the final of the 800-metre freestyle on Friday evening.

Rebecca Adlington bronze at London Olympics 400metres freestyle

Rebecca Adlington bronze at London Olympics 400metres freestyle

Despite this, she was given tremendous support, not only in the Aquatics Centre in London, but by thousands more around Mansfield who were glued to their TVs to watch their homegrown hero.

At the Oaktree they got into the spirit by waiving Union Jack flags and having their faces painted, watching the race on the big screen.

Adlington was gracious in being dethroned and said: “I am disappointed but very proud to win bronze. That is four medals now in four Olympic finals.”