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Retired Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington wants daughter to go into sport

Retired Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington reveals that she will encourage her daughter to get into sport when she is older.

Retired Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington is hopeful that her daughter will go into sport when she is older.

The 26-year-old, who gave birth to a baby girl on June 8, is married to fellow swimmer Harry Needs.

Adlington believes that if her daughter follows in her footsteps, she will gain more from life than just medals.

In an interview with BBC Radio Four's Desert Island Discs before she gave birth, Adlington said: "I'd love for her to go into the world of sport because I do think sport gives you so much more than medals and everything else.

"Both me and my husband come from the world of swimming, we've had such a great life, met the best people and we're so grateful for our careers that we would love her to have that."

The Brit has two Olympic golds and two bronze medals to her name.

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Rebecca Adlington poses for a picture during the launch of the British Gas SwimBritain event at the London Aquatic Centre on April 9, 2014
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SURFING
· Wave conditions permitting, surfing will make its Olympic debut (11pm-8.20am)

SKATEBOARDING
· Another debutant sport at this Olympics, most eyes will be on American Nyjah Huston in the men's street contest as he looks to add Olympic gold to his four world titles and 12 X-Games golds. (12.30am-5am)

TAEKWONDO
· History beckons for Jade Jones as she looks to become a three-time Olympic champion - something never done before in the sport prior to these Games (2am-1.45pm)
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GYMNASTICS
· Already-legendary gymnast Simone Biles makes her first appearance of the Games in the women's qualifying event (2am-2pm)

SWIMMING
· The first swimming medals of the Games will be dished out, with home favourite Daiya Seto going for gold in the men's 400m individual medley (2.30am-4.20am)

CYCLING
· Lizzie Deignan is among the Team GB team looking for success in the women's road race (5am-9.30am)

TENNIS
· Reigning two-time Olympic champion Andy Murray starts his title defence against Canadian hotshot Felix Auger-Aliassime (7am approx.)

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