THE waiting is over for local medal hopes Becky Adlington and Chris Adcock as the London Olympics finally roared into life this weekend.
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The Rebecca Adlington Swimming and Fitness Centre is holding a special event on Sunday to mark the Mansfield golden girl’s first race as she begins her defence of her two Olympic titles.
Becky is set to compete in the 400m freestyle heats at 11.33am with the top eight from the heats making the final at 8.15pm that night.
The leisure centre, which was named after the double Beijing gold medallist in 2010, is making Sunday a ‘Swim Like Rebecca Day’.
The main pool will be open between 9am-1pm and the smaller teaching pool open between 9-2pm, for people to swim in the pool where Rebecca first learned her skills at the age of four. The event is open to all and free to attend.
At Oak Tree Leisure Centre, the final will be shown on a big screen. People are encouraged to take their seats from 8pm - the event is open to all and free to attend.
Rebecca is also set to compete in the 800m freestyle heat next Thursday, 2nd August, with the final taking place a day later. She also forms part of the GB squad for the 4x200m freestyle relay, which takes place next Wednesday (1st August).
The badminton draw on Monday placed Ravenshead’s Chris Adcock and partner Imogen Bankier into a mixed doubles group with number one seeds Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei, of China.
Completing the group are Alexandr Nikolaenko and Valeri Sorokina, of Russia, and Michael Fuchs and Birgit Michels, of Germany, with only the top two pairs going through to the quarter-finals.
World No.10s Adcock and Bankier were beaten by the Chinese duo in the mixed doubles final of last year’s World Championships at the same Wembley Arena venue, but will be encouraged by two victories over them since that defeat.
The badminton will be played upto Sunday, 5th August.
But there has been heartbreak for some locals.
Selston swimmer Molly Renshaw missed out due to the rigid selection policy by British Swimming, Mansfield taekwondo ace Tony Grisman was finally pipped by Mancunian Martin Stamper to represent GB in the -68kg weight class while Pleasley Canoe Club member Bradley Wilson-Hunt suffered a terrible shoulder injury in a crash a few weeks ago which wrecked his dream.