Rebecca Adlington qualifies for London 2012 Olympics

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REBECCA Adlington has secured her place in the British Olympic team following a dominant display in the 400m freestyle at the British Swimming Championships tonight.

The reigning champion earned the right to defend the Olympic title she won in Beijing after leading the race at London’s Aquatic Centre from start to finish.

At one point it looked like Adlington would set a new British record before easing to victory in a time of 4:02.35.

Speaking after the race an emotional Adlington told the BBC she was nervous before the race, describing the trial as the biggest of her career.

“I wasn’t even bothered about the time, I just wanted to get in,” she said.

“Four years it has taken to get to this point and you can’t imagine how good it feels to get here.”

Adlington will now be hoping to repeat her qualification in her favoured 800m event.

Adlington also won the 800m in style in Beijing and smashed one of the sport’s longest standing world records on the way to gold medal glory.