Becky Adlington’s legacy is assured says swim star Liam Tancock

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FOR all she has achieved in the pool, swim star Liam Tancock believes the biggest accomplishment of Becky Adlington’s career has come out of it.

Adlington was once again the star performer of a British swimming team that otherwise under-delivered at the London 2012 Olympics winning two of the three medals at the Games.

Already Britain’s greatest-ever swimmer. Becky, who has also won six world, three European and four Commonwealth medals, won’t swim at Rio 2016 and is yet to make a decision on attending the next edition of the latter in 2014.

Reigning double world 50m backstroke champion Tancock feels the impact of her success has been just as good, if not better, than the level of it.

“What Becky has done for the sport in Britain has been fantastic,” said Tancock.

“I genuinely don’t know what she is going to do but she has been fantastic for the sport and helped build the programme, so her legacy lives on.

“Maybe that is her greatest achievement, out of the pool, as strange as that sounds.

“She has inspired people to get into the pool and that is fantastic.”

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