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Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington: 'I never wanted to be famous'

British Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington reveals to Sports Mole that she never wanted to be famous when she took on swimming at an elite level.

British Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington has revealed that she never held ambitions of becoming famous when she entered elite swimming.

The 25-year-old launched into the spotlight after winning two Olympic gold medals at the Beijing Games in 2008.

She later followed that up by clinching double bronze medals at London 2012 before announcing her retirement last year.

Following Adlington's decision to quit competitive swimming, the athlete has appeared on ITV reality show I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here and has been focusing on her 'learn to swim' programmes.

"I didn't expect anything to happen," Adlington told Sports Mole. "After Beijing I didn't have a manager, I'd never even considered having any profile. I've never been one of those people that wanted to be famous, and you don't get into swimming to be famous.

"For me it was just a case of, 'oh god, what do I do?'. It was more overwhelming and then I just had to try to get used to it. It was still a bit like, 'why do people want to come up and talk to me?' or have a photo, I just didn't really ever expect it to happen. I certainly didn't expect it to happen to myself, so it just took a bit of getting used to, but at the same time it's not like I'm Madonna!"

Read our full interview with the sportswoman here.

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Great Britain's Rebecca Adlington poses with the gold medal that she won at the Beijing Olympics on August 16, 2008.
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CountryGold medalSilver MedalBronze MedalT
United StatesUnited States16171346
Olympics flagOlympic Athletes from Russia11151137
Great BritainGreat Britain891128
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Sunday's key events

· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also in the semi-finals of the men's light heavyweight and will be looking to continue Team GB's success in the ring (4.51am)

· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

· Team GB's Max Whitlock will look to defend his 2016 Olympic title in the men's pommel horse final (10.41am)

· The men's high jump final includes GB's Tom Gale, although his chances of a medal look bleak (11.10am)
· So often the blue-riband event of the Olympics, the men's 100m final takes place as the world's fastest bid to be crowned Usain Bolt's successor. Three Brits have made it into the semi-finals (11.15am-11.32am), and the final looks wide open after an underwhelming display by favourite Trayvon Bromell on Saturday (1.50pm)

· Great Britain face India in the men's quarter-final (1pm)

> Today's schedule in full
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