Adlington defends GB
Double bronze medallist thinks Team GB can be proud of efforts
Last Updated: 17/08/12 10:45am
Rebecca Adlington: Thinks there is plenty for British swimming to build on
Rebecca Adlington believes Team GB's swimming performance at London 2012 has been subjected to unfair criticism.
Swimming was one of the only sports in which Britain could be said to have underperformed at the Olympics as the Beijing heroics of four years ago could not be repeated.
Britain won just three medals compared to the six in China and could not put anyone on the top step of the podium, whereas in Beijing they claimed two gold medals.
But Adlington, who won both of those Olympic titles at the last Games and was responsible for two of the three medals this time around, insists there are plenty of reasons for optimism.
"Obviously the medals are fantastic but it's not all about that, you can't jump straight in and get the medals, it's about a process," she told Sky Sports News.
"We're getting stronger and stronger as a team, we definitely did better than we did in Athens and Sydney and previous Olympics.
"In Beijing, we got three medals in the pool and three medals in the open water.
"This time we got three medals in the pool again and we got some close places as well - a few fourths which obviously they're disappointed with.
"But at the same time all of us athletes gave 110 per cent and it was great to see the most finalists we've ever had before.
"That's good because that means we're going to build on that in the next few years."
"All of us athletes gave 110 per cent and it was great to see the most finalists we've ever had before.
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Adlington was unable to defend her titles in the 400 and 800 metres freestyle, finishing third in the final of both races.
Although she was disappointed with her performance in the longer event, the 23-year-old says she could not have done anything more.
She added: "(I have) mixed emotions. I'm so pleased with my 400m, to be honest I never expected to medal. It was one of those where it wasn't going to be a Beijing situation.
"Swimming changes all the time, that is what makes sport interesting, nobody wins all the time. So I was so pleased with the 400m, to just scrape into the final in lane eight and then to medal.
"The 800m - I was so pleased to be back on that podium again. I was disappointed with the time, obviously I did expect more and I will always be a bit disappointed.
"But I wasn't good enough on the day and it wasn't meant to be. I tried my absolute hardest. I couldn't have given it more."