BREAKING NEWS: Becky Adlington retires from swimming

Rebecca Adlington bronze at London Olympics 400metres freestyle with coach Bill Furniss
Rebecca Adlington bronze at London Olympics 400metres freestyle with coach Bill Furniss
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MANSFIELD swimming sensation Becky Adlington has announced her retirement from the sport this morning (Tuesday).

The four-time Olympic medalist confirmed that she is hanging up her swimming goggles to concentrate on coaching young and upcoming swimming talent.

Adlington has hinted at retirement in recent months despite winning two bronze medals at London 2012, following her double gold in Beijing in 2008.

In recent months she has recently criticised the governing body British Swimming over their review of the team’s below-par performance at London 2012.

Adlington, who turns 24 later this month, has been taking time out from the sport since claiming two of only three medals won by Great Britain’s swimming team in London, when British Swimming had a target of five.

Adlington’s swimming achivements have always been well known in Mansfield but five years ago she became an international sporting superstar after clinching two gold medals in the 400m and 800m freestyle events at the Beijing Olympics.

A year later she clinched bronze in the 400m at the World Championships in Rome where she swam a personal best but she only came fourth in the 800m freestyle.

She returned to the podium in 2010 when she won 400m gold at the European Swimming Championships in Budapest as well as clinching bronze as part of the 4 x 200m freestyle

She added to her medal haul at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi when she won bronze in the 200m freestyle and then clinched gold medals in the 400m and 800m freestyle events

At the 2011 World Championships Adlington won the 800m freestyle gold medal, beating Lotte Friis over the final 50m before finishing second in the 400m freestyle behind world record holder, Federica Pellegrini.

What are your memories of Becky Adlington? Email nick.brimacombe@chad.co.uk.