Rebecca Adlington announces retirement, full report

Swimming star Becky Adlington from Nottinghamshire is retiring from the pool at the age of 23. She's decided to quit competitive sport because she feels she's too old to take on the very best.

Adlington won two gold medals at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Peter Bearne's report contains flash photography from the start.

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Becky Adlington retires

Rebecca Adlington has announced she is to retire from competitive swimming. She made the announcement at a press conference in London this morning.