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Rebecca Adlington retires from competitive swimming

Double Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington today confirmed her retirement from competitive swimming.

Adlington won two bronze medals at the London 2012 Olympics
Adlington won two bronze medals at the London 2012 Olympics

The 23-year-old's future has been the subject of much debate since she claimed two bronze medals at the London Olympics last summer.

At a press conference today in London, the Mansfield-born swimmer confirmed she was bringing to an end a glittering career that has brought her Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth titles.

"I hate the word retire. I love swimming but as a competitive element and elite athlete I won't compete any more.

"I'll always be swimming even when I am 90 years old."

She said: "I hate the word retire.

"I love swimming but as a competitive element and elite athlete I won't compete any more.

"I'll always be swimming even when I am 90 years old."

She added: "I couldn't have done it without my family. Even my sisters, they helped me with my homework.

"Bill is the biggest thing....he has helped me as an athlete as much as a person. Now I've not got Bill without me, I feel a little bit lost.

"The medals - they are not just mine - they are my family's, Bill's. I think he is going to do such a brilliant job (as GB head coach)."

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