Delight as Adlington wins bronze

Rebecca Adlington has been praised by friends and fellow athletes after she won bronze for Great Britain in the Women's 400m freestyle. It is Britain's second medal of the Games.

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Adlington: 'Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your kind words'


Adlington inspires youngsters after bronze medal

Rebecca Adlington inspired youngsters from her home town as she claimed the bronze medal in the 400m freestyle.

Rebecca Adlington finished third in the women's 400m freestyle. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Around 50 friends and well-wishers gathered at the Oak Tree Leisure Centre in Mansfield to cheer on the double Olympic swimmer as she took to the water at the Aquatics Centre in London.

Owen Ottaway, 11, who came with his family to watch Adlington, said: "She was fantastic. It's a brilliant result for her. She inspires me and makes me think if she can do it so can I. I'd love to take part in the Olympics one day just like her."

Another young fan, Chloe Holden, 10, who came along to watch with her mother and grandmother, said: "She's an inspiration to me. A real icon. I swim twice a day and want to be just like her."

Aquatics Centre crowd delighted by Adlington's medal

It's been fantastic, just fantastic. Even though she only got bronze, it's been a brilliant night. The 800m is her better event anyway. It's been a once in a life time experience and one we couldn't miss.

– Tony Goodson from Norwich

The atmosphere has been absolutely electric. We could hear the noise from outside before we even came in.

– Claire Smith from London

We're not disappointed. We know the 800m is her event, that's what we're waiting for. The centre is just fantastic. The only down side is the empty seats, that's really sad. We could hardly get any seats in England and yet there are empty ones. I think they should definitely give them to the servicemen.

– Roz Plowman from Plymouth

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Adlington's former coach: 'It's a fantastic result for her'

Rebecca Adlington's former coach Ian Negus, who worked with Adlington for five years when she was a teenager, had tears in his eyes after Adlington took bronze.

It's a fantastic result for her. I didn't expect her to get gold as she was up against tough competition but she did really well and it sets her up well for the 800m. The 400m is so much faster for her so to get to that pace is great. She'll be happy with that.

– Ian Negus
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