Adlington rules out another Olympics
Mansfield Swimmer Rebecca Adlington says she will not compete at the next Olympics in Rio in 2016.
The 23 year old told the Mail on Sunday that she’ll be too old to contend for a medal.
She said: ”Rio is out of reach. I’ll be 27 then and swimming, especially for distance swimmers, is a young person’s game.”
“If I was a sprinter I’d go to Rio but I don’t have an ounce of sprinting in me, and that’s why my Olympics are over.”
Adlington, who holds the world record in the 800 freestyle, is Britain’s most successful Olympic swimmer and before her no British woman had won swimming medals in successive Games.
Adlington’s last competitive race could be at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.
She hinted to Gem106 that she may just watch the next Olympics in Rio when we caught up with her at her homecoming in Mansfield.
“I’d hope to be there in some form, even if I’m just a spectator.”
Adlington won two bronze medals at London 2012 and two Gold’s at the previous games in Beijing.