Re­becca: I’ve Ad enough

SWIM­MING

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DOU­BLE Olympic cham­pion Re­becca Adling­ton hung up her swim­suit yes­ter­day – but vowed to stay in the pool un­til she’s 90.

The 23-year-old’s fu­ture had been up in the air since she won two bronze medals at the Lon­don Olympics last sum­mer.

The Mans­field-born swim­mer con­firmed she was bring­ing to an end a glit­ter­ing ca­reer that has brought her Olympic, World, Euro­pean and Com­mon­wealth ti­tles.

“I hate the word re­tire,” she said. “I love swim­ming but as a com­pet­i­tive el­e­ment and elite ath­lete I won’t com­pete any more.

“I will al­ways be swim­ming, even when I’m 90 years old!”

Adling­ton, who won 400m and 800m golds in Bei­jing, added: “Those medals changed my en­tire life – ev­ery­one wanted to learn about me. It was the best moment of my ca­reer.

“But I can’t com­pete with the younger swim­mers any more. I can’t do the same level of work.”

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