Rebecca: I’ve Ad enough
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.”