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Rebecca Adlington shocked by lack of swimming for youngsters

Rebecca Adlington tells Sports Mole that she is shocked by the lack of swimming lessons for young children at schools across Britain.

British Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington believes that legislation should be introduced stating that schools should teach children how to swim.

The 25-year-old, who won two Olympic gold medals in the pool at the 2008 Beijing Games, has been working on her own 'learn to swim' programmes since retiring from competitive sport last year.

"It baffles me when I hear statistics of how many kids can't swim because I'm thinking, 'we live on an island!'," Adlington told Sports Mole. It's the only sport that is a life skill - it's so much bigger than, 'do that so you can get an Olympic medal'.

"If I could save someone's life, that would mean 10 times more than going to the Olympics. That's probably why I'm more passionate about the young ones, just because it has got that life skill element.

"Some schools are brilliant - they really take it on and some are lucky enough to have pools near them etc, it's just not broad across the country. I think it would be nice to see it come into play as a national standard across all schools in Britain, that they have to have school swimming because it's a life skill."

Read our full interview with the ex-professional swimmer here.

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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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Thursday's key events


ROWING
· Comeback queen and super-mum Helen Glover goes for her third Olympic gold alongside Polly Swann in the women's pair final (1.30am)
· There is also a medal on offer for GB pair Emily Craig and Imogen Grant in the lightweight women's double scull final (2.10am)

SWIMMING
· As second-fastest qualifier for the final, Team GB's James Wilby is among the medal contenders in the men's 200m breaststroke (2.44am)
· Alys Thomas takes part in the women's 200m butterfly final, although he faces a difficult task to challenge for the medals (3.28am)
· Caeleb Dressel of the USA has been touted by some as the successor to Michael Phelps, and he has the chance to notch up a fourth Olympic gold in the men's 100m freestyle final (3.37am)

RUGBY SEVENS
· After Team GB's men narrowly missed out on a medal, the women get their campaign underway against the Russian Olympic Committee (3am) and New Zealand (10.30am)

HOCKEY
· It is a Great Britain vs. Netherlands double-header, with the men up first in Pool B (4.15am)
· Most eyes will be on the women's showdown between the two nations, though, as Netherlands - the world's best team - look to gain revenge on GB for defeat in the 2016 Olympic final (11am)

CANOE SLALOM
· Mallory Franklin takes part in the women's canoe semi-final, and will hope to do enough to qualify for the final later in the day (6am-8.45am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· With Simone Biles now out of the women's all-around final, the competition has been blown wide open. Team GB twins Jessica and Jennifer Gadirova are among those taking part (11.50am-2.05pm)

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