MANSFIELD’S Rebecca Adlington is determined not to put extra pressure on herself as she bids for Olympic gold in the 800m freestyle.
The 23-year-old won bronze in the 400m freestyle on Sunday in London, to add to the two golds she secured in Beijing.
She put in a superb swim from lane eight to touch home in 4:03.01. It was quicker than the time that won her gold in China but not at the weekend as France’s Camille Moffat smashed the Olympic record in 4:01.45, with America’s Allison Schmitt just behind in 4:01.77.
Now, her attention turns to the 800m heats on Thursday morning, with a potential final on Friday night. She could also be involved in Wednesday’s 4x200m freestyle relay.
Despite being favourite to defend her 800m crown, in which she holds the world record, Adlington said: “Swimming is one of those sports, it’s really hard to medal in. I can only do my best.
“Gold wasn’t my expectation in the 400m, it was the people’s expectation. At the end of the day I’m more than happy. These girls (Muffat and Schmitt) are amazing.
“Everyone else put that pressure on me. I didn’t put that pressure on myself.
“The 800m is going to be a battle. To get a medal in the 400m is unbelievable and at least I can say I gave everything. There is not an ounce of disappointment.
“The crowd definitely helped me and lifted my performance and I can’t wait to share the medal with them.
“A lot of people expected me to get a gold and the fact that I got that reception when I got out the pool (having won a bronze) is amazing.”