About Rebecca Adlington
Rebecca "Becky" Adlington, OBE (born 17 February 1989), is a British freestyle swimmer. She won two gold medals at the 2008 Olympic Games in the 400 m and 800 m, breaking the 19 year-old world record of Janet Evans in the 800 m final. Adlington is Britain's first Olympic swimming champion since 1988, the first British swimmer to win two Olympic gold medals since 1908 and Great Britain's most successful Olympic swimmer in 100 years. She won a bronze medal in the Women's 400m freestyle in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Born in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, she attended The Brunts School. She started swimming with Sherwood Colliery Swimming Club, and was selected for the Nottinghamshire County Swim Squad (Nova Centurion) where she currently trains. She still swims in local swimming leagues for Nottingham Leander Swimming Club, taking part in the National Speedo 'B' Final in May 2010.
Adlington's great uncle is former Derby County goalkeeper Terry Adlington.