Rebecca Adlington on course to defend title after cruising through London 2012 qualifying heat

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REBECCA Adlington moved on step closer to defending her 800m title at the London 2012 Olympics after cruising through her qualification heat this morning.

The world record holder, who has already booked her spot in the 400m Olmypic finals, returned to the London Aquatics Centre and led from start to finish in a time of 8:26:62.

Red-hot Adlington will now seek to confirm her place in the 800m Olympic final when she lines up in the qualifying final tomorrow.