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.
- 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.
Double Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington today confirmed her retirement from competitive swimming
Team GB swimmer Rebecca Adlington is due to make a "major announcement" next week with many speculating the 23-year-old is set to retire.Read the full story ›
Around 20 figures from Team GB and ParalympicsGB will be taking part in a video for the annual TV fundraising extravaganza Children in Need.
They include Olympic stars Tom Daley, Rebecca Adlington, Nicola Adams and Louis Smith.
Paralympian heroes David Weir and Ellie Simmonds are also taking part in the video, set to the Basement Jaxx track Do Your Thing.
Children in Need takes place on November 16.
go @beckadlington ! great heat. lovely to see you in the village when William, Kate & Harry came - all rooting for you tomorrow evening!
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The man in charge of the BBC's Olympics coverage has tweeted that millions of viewers watched the 400m freestyle final last night:
Only managed to get through my news feed last night, but just read all my @'s/mentions!!! You guys are unbelievable!!! Its overwhelming!
I wish I could reply to everyone but would take me days! Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your kind words. Means more than you no :-)
Chester Zoo has named two of it's newest arrivals after two of Team GB's greatest hopes - swimmer, Rebecca Adlington and diver, Tom Daley.
The short clawed otters were born at the zoo 10 weeks ago.