The 800 metre freestyler who took double gold in the Bejing Olympics and bronze in London, says that distance swimming is a young person's game.
Rebecca confirmed she won't take part in the 2016 Rio games, but hopes to be there in a mentoring capacity. However she hasn't ruled out swimming the 200 metres in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in two years.
– Rebecca Adlington
Rio is out of reach. I'll be 27 by then, and swimming, especially for
distance swimmers, is a young person's game.
If I was a sprinter then I would go to Rio. But I don't have an ounce of
sprinting in me, and that's why my Olympics are over.
If I were to race in Glasgow - and that's an if - then it would be in the
200m and 400m but definitely not the 800m. I'm done with that distance.
I'd like to be in Rio, though, even if I'm just a fan.
Hopefully I can be a bit more than that, like a mentor, or have some kind of
official or unofficial role with the British swimming team."