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No Rio 2016 For Rebecca Adlington

Rebecca Adlington on the podium at London 2012 Photo: PA

Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington says she has no intention of competing in the Rio 2016 Games.

The 23-year-old swimmer from Mansfield, who added bronze medals in the 800m and 400m freestyle in London to the golds she won in Beijing in 2008, says her sights are now set on helping rising stars.

"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."

– Rebecca Adlington, speaking to the Mail on Sunday

Rebecca says she has charity work planned but is not sure what she wants to do in the future.

Hundreds turned out to welcome her and Paralympians Sam and Oliver Hynd and Charlotte Henshaw as they returned to their home town of Mansfield earlier this month, celebrating their success at London 2012.

Rebecca may not be competing in Rio but she says she is looking forward to the Games.

"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."

"All I know is that three Olympics is one too many for me."

– Rebecca Adlington, speaking to the Mail on Sunday