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Determined Becky is national swimming icon

Mansfield's Executive Mayor Tony Egginton has congratulated Rebecca Adlington saying she is a national swimming icon following her bronze medal success in the Olympics yesterday.



Rebecca's success in the 400m Freestyle means she is the first British woman to ever win swimming medals at two successive Olympic Games.

She was thrilled to win a medal in the 400m Freestyle, which is not her main event, after earlier tweeting that she had just sneaked into the final in 8th place and wasn't expecting anything.

Executive Mayor Tony Egginton said: "It was a gutsy and determined performance. Rebecca did us and herself proud. She's a Mansfield girl and she's been a tremendous ambassador not just for Mansfield but for Nottinghamshire - she's a national swimming icon. We are looking forward in anticipation to an even better performance in the 800m Freestyle.

"We are very proud of the swimming development programme here in Mansfield, which discovers and develops talent such as hers. She has already inspired lots of young people to take up swimming and hopefully this latest success will continue to inspire and we'll produce some more Rebecca Adlington's in years to come."

Rebecca finished in a time of 4.03.01  - recording a faster time than when she won Gold in Beijing four years ago. France's Camille Muffat won, setting a new Olympic record, and Allison Schmitt (USA) came second.

About 60 enthusiastic supporters cheered Rebecca on with flags as they watched the final on a big screen at Mansfield's Oak Tree Leisure Centre.

Among those watching were members of Rebecca's former swimming teams - Sherwood Swimming Club and the Nova Development Squad, which selects the top swimmers from local teams.

The event was captured by television cameras and reporters from all the main local and national television channels and radio stations as well as several newspapers.

Footage of the crowd's reaction to Rebecca winning bronze was shown to Rebecca during a poolside interview on BBC 1 straight after the race. She thanked everyone and said the amazing support made the difference between coming 4th and 3rd.

Rebecca is now focusing on her favoured event, the 800m Freestyle. The heats are on Thursday 2 August at 10.27am with the final on Friday 3 August at 7.45pm. The final will again be shown for FREE on a big screen at Oak Tree Leisure Centre with members of the public asked to arrive by 7.30pm.

Don't forget to bring your Union flags, good luck banners, and you could even paint your face to support Rebecca!

Published 31 July 2012

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