Adlington factfile

Britain's double Olympic champion has retired from swimming

Last Updated: 05/02/13 12:10pm

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Rebecca Adlington: double gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008

Rebecca Adlington: double gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008

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We take a look back at the career highs and lows of British swimmer Rebecca Adlington.

1989: Born February 17, Mansfield.

2004: Wins gold in the 800 metres freestyle at the European Junior Championships.

2006: Makes senior international debut in European Championships in Budapest and wins silver in the 800m freestyle, a performance she rates as her "finest swim".

2007: Finishes 10th in the 800m freestyle in the World Championships in Melbourne.

2008: April: Sets a Commonwealth record of eight minutes 19.22 seconds in the heats of the 800m at the British Olympic trials in Sheffield, smashing Sarah Hardcastle's 1986 mark by more than five seconds. It was also the fastest time in the world that year.

The following week wins 800m gold at the World Short Course Championships as British swimmers enjoy a hugely successful competition in front a home crowd in Manchester. Records a time of 8:08.25 to finish more than four seconds ahead of Australian Kylie Palmer.

Also swims the anchor leg in the 4x200m freestyle relay as Britain's quartet are pipped to gold by the Dutch team who set a new world record of 7:38.90.

July: Breaks her own British and Commonwealth record in the 400m freestyle on the final day of the National Championships in Liverpool. Her time of 4:02.80 makes her the third fastest woman in 2008 over the distance and fourth fastest in history.

August 11: Wins gold medal in the 400m freestyle at the Olympic Games in Beijing, Britain's first women's medal in the pool for 24 years.

August 16: Becomes a double gold medallist - Britain's first woman double gold medallist in swimming - by winning the 800m freestyle in a world record time of 8:14.10.

2009: Presented with an OBE announced before the New Year. Wins a bronze medal in the 400m freestyle at the World Championships and another in the 4x200m relay team.

2010: August: Devastated to finish seventh in the 800m at the European Championships but bounces back to win the 400m.

2010: October: In the Commonwealth Games, Adlington wins golds in the 400m and 800m freestyle and bronzes in the 200m and 4x200m freestyles.

2011: Claims silver in the 400m freestyle behind world record holder Federica Pellegrini at the World Championships in Shanghai. She had only just scraped into the final and was second despite feeling "like a zombie". Adlington secured victory in the 800m after edging out defending champion Lotte Friis after a stroke-for-stroke duel.

2012: Claims the Olympic bronze medal in the 400m freestyle and 800m freestyle at London 2012.

2013: January 30: Confirms she will make a "major announcement" at a press conference in London.

February 5: Announces her retirement from competitive swimming.

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