Rebecca Adlington announces retirement from swimming

Adlington retires from swimming
© PA Photos
Double Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington announces her decision to retire from competitive swimming at the age of 23.

British swimmer Rebecca Adlington has announced that she will no longer compete in the sport following the London 2012 Games.

The 23-year-old, who clinched two gold medals at the Beijing Games in 2008, has been expected to bow out of the sport since she failed to match her efforts in London last summer by claiming two bronze.

"I hate the word retire," Adlington said in a press conference. "I love swimming but as a competitive element and elite athlete I won't compete anymore. I'll always be swimming even when I am 90 years old.

"I have achieved everything I wanted to. Some people want to milk it all they can. I've always said I wanted to finish on a high, despite my love of the sport."

Adlington previously claimed that she was 'insulted' by British Swimming when the athletes were criticised for not reaching their targets at London 2012.

The double Olympic champion's decision comes the day after her long-time coach Bill Furniss was appointed as British Swimming's head coach.

Rebecca Adlington
Read Next:
Adlington fuels retirement rumours
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account