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Sporting year in review 2012

There is much to remember and because of that, so much that no doubt will be forgotten about the unique and game changing sporting year.

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Olympians tributes to Rebecca Adlington

Olympians have taken to Twitter to pay tribute to Rebecca Adlington and to wish her luck as she retires from competitive swimming.

Boxer Anthony Ogogo, heptathlete Louise Hazel and open water swimmer Kari-anne Payne tweeted:

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@beckadlington All the best for your retirement Becks. You'll go down as an absolute legend in the pool. Good luck in the future love x

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So unbelievably proud of @beckadlington and honoured to have been on some of your journey with you. I miss you alread!! xxxxx #legend

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Timeline: Rebecca Adlington

• Born on 17th February 1989 in Mansfield.

• Joined Nova Centurian swimming club at the age of 12 where she met her long term coach Bill Furniss.

• Adlington has won titles at Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth level making her the most successful British swimmer of the modern era.

Rebecca Adlington at the London 2012 Victory Parade for Team GB and Paralympics GB athletes through central London
Rebecca Adlington at the London 2012 Victory Parade for Team GB and Paralympics GB athletes through central London Credit: Paul Gilham/PA Wire

• Adlington's victory in the 2008 Olympic 800m freestyle final broke swimming’s longest standing world record with a time of 8:14.10.

• Adlington became the first British swimmer to win more than one gold medal at a single Olympic Gamers since Henry Taylor in 1908.

Adlington confirms retirement

Double Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington has confirmed she is retiring from competitive swimming.

The 23-year-old's future has been the subject of much debate since she claimed two bronze medals at the London Olympics last summer.

At a press conference today in London, 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. I love swimming but as a competitive element and elite athlete I won't compete any more.

I'll always be swimming even when I am 90 years old.

– Rebecca Adlington
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Rebecca Adlington's international career

  • August 2008 - Won double Olympic gold in Beijing with victory in the 800m and 400m freestyle.
  • December 2008 - Came 3rd in the Sports Personality of the Year 2008.
  • January 2009 - Awarded an OBE by the Queen in the New Years Honours of 2009
  • October 2010 - Adlington claims Commonwealth gold in both the 800m and 400m freestyle in Delhi.
  • August 2012 – Had to settle for Olympic Bronze in the 800m and 400m freestyle in London.
  • In total Adlington won seven gold medals, three silver medals and seven bronze medals in international competition.

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Leeds bottle thrower at Olympics "knew what he was doing"

A man from Leeds who got into the Olympic Stadium without a ticket then threw a beer bottle at competitors lining up for the men's 100m final has been found guilty of public disorder.

Ashley Gill-Webb, 34, suffers from bipolar affective disorder. He was suffering a "manic episode" when he used an old ticket to get into the stadium, where he hurled abuse at Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt before throwing a plastic beer bottle on to the track on August 5.

Gill-Webb was today found guilty at Stratford Magistrates' Court of intending to cause 100m finalists harassment, alarm or distress by using threatening, abusive or disorderly behaviour.

His lawyers argued he could not have intended to cause distress, but the Crown said he knew what he was doing.

Horsforth library renamed in honour of Olympic heroes

The Old Library in Horsforth is to be renamed in honour of local sporting heroes.

It will be named the Brownlee-Stone Centre in honour of the Brownlee brothers' success at the Olympics and David Stone M.B.E's success at the Paralympics this year.

Both Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee, the 2012 Olympic and World Champion triathletes will be at a ceremony at midday today.

"It is fantastic that we have been able to honour these inspiring local athletes in such a way by renaming one of our Council buildings after them.

"The Brownlee brothers will be there to cut the ribbon at the naming ceremony and officially open the building under its new name."

– Local Councillor Brian Cleasby (Lib Dem, Horsforth)
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