Updated: 30/07/2012 11:48 | By pa.press.net

Bronze for brave Adlington



Rebecca Adlington celebrates with her bronze medal

Rebecca Adlington celebrates with her bronze medal

Rebecca Adlington claimed Great Britain's first London 2012 medal in the pool when she produced a performance full of her customary guts and determination as she took bronze in the 400 metres freestyle.

The race was won by Frenchwoman Camille Muffat in a new Olympic record and textile world record of four minutes 01.45 seconds with American Allison Schmitt second.

However, it was a superb swim by Adlington, forced to swim out of lane eight after only just scraping into the final. The 23-year-old came from sixth at halfway to touch in 4mins 03.01secs.

The double gold medallist in Beijing was shocked by her third place after her heat swim although, ever the athlete looking to improve, she was slightly disappointed with her time.

She said: "I didn't expect a medal especially after this morning going in eighth. It was an extremely tough race. I am a little disappointed at the time, I did go faster in March, but to be honest I am so happy I managed to sneak that medal."

Team GB's Ellen Gandy was eighth as the United States' Dana Vollmer won the Olympic 100 metres butterfly title in a new world record of 55.98 seconds.

For Melbourne-based Gandy it was her first Olympic final and there was little expectation that she would challenge for medals with the 200m her favoured event. The American had been favourite coming in to the final having set an Olympic record on Saturday a year after being crowned world champion in Shanghai.

Vollmer took 0.08secs off Sarah Sjostrom's 2009 world record as she added the Olympic title to the gold she won in Athens in 2004 as a 16-year-old member of the triumphant 4x200m freestyle squad. Lu Ying of China was second in 56.87secs with Australia's Alicia Coutts third 0.07 adrift.

Gemma Spofforth, Liam Tancock and Robbie Renwick all booked places in their respective finals on Monday night.

Spofforth, fourth in the 100m backstroke by a fingernail in Beijing, qualified sixth in 59.70 although Georgia Davies was 15th. Tancock was the third fastest qualifier for the men's 100m backstroke final in 53.25, while Renwick reached his second 200m freestyle final, four years after finishing eighth. He clocked the equal sixth-fastest time in the semi-finals in 1:46.65.

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29/07/2012 21:52
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Another MEDAL....Well done Rebecca.......You have put MANSFIELD on the map once again.....
It was a really tough race, but you stuck at it and delivered a BRONZE For Great Britain & your home town of Mansfield..
Good luck with the 800m......
All the best....From Anessley Woodhouse......NOTT'S....****

29/07/2012 21:45
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Well done Rebecca Addlington. A gutsy performance by any standards.  Such a lovely girl who is genuinely proud to be British. Mansfield's bronze girl!
29/07/2012 21:31
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well done rebecca , you have done us proud again , enjoy the rest of the games x
29/07/2012 21:18
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Well done Rebecca you have done us proud, there is no shame in winning a bronze and there always is another time.
29/07/2012 21:11
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well done rebecca see you on the tour when you come home to mansfield

 

29/07/2012 21:42
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Well done Rebecca, the rest of the competitors are doing realey well allso?
29/07/2012 21:08
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what the hell is a "textile" world record? could it be freestyle perhaps?
29/07/2012 22:24
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well done Becky i am proud of you you will get gold tomorrow night you will do britain proud
29/07/2012 22:27
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Whilst she only managed third place it has to be considered that Rebecca  she completed this race in a faster time than when she won her Gold medal in Bejing. Nothing more could be asked of her commitment.

 

 

29/07/2012 21:42
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still waiting for someone to choose the 'butterfly' in the freestyle...^^ what a stupid name for the front crawl 400m final
29/07/2012 22:18
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well done team GB girls, 4 gettting us our first 2 medals 2day , come on team GB !!!!!
29/07/2012 22:17
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I know that becky did not win but remember that is not the race that she is best at the 16 lap each way.
29/07/2012 23:59
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well done rebecca another medal well done lass
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ys states that England like being second best. Lol. The point of taking part is to be the best and to win. So far Team England  eerrrr I meant team G.B have been losers. If anyone can argue that fact I'll pencil Mr Bean in for X Factor as you Southern morons all that he was great ????????
29/07/2012 22:27
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maybe textile is Texting whist swimming ??
29/07/2012 22:33
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History always states that England like being second best. Lol. The point of taking part is to be the best and to win. So far Team England  eerrrr I meant team G.B have been losers. If anyone can argue that fact I'll pencil Mr Bean in for X Factor as you Southern morons all that he was great ???????? 
29/07/2012 22:06
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Two days gone. Two losers medals !!!! What crap this is turning out to be. Congratulations to Phil the Power Taylor for winning the darts at Blackpool. At least we knew that there was going to be a British winner before the first arrow was thrown. It should be an Olympic sport as as accuracy and skill is required constantly just as archery and shooting etc.

 

C'mon Chris Hoy. Put those southerners out of their gloating misery and win a Gold or three for Scotland. At least we can trust you to do it.

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Bronze for brave AdlingtonRebecca Adlington claimed Great Britain's first London 2012 medal in the pool when she produced a performance full of her customary guts and determination as she took bronze in the 400 metres freestyle.pa.press.net2012-07-30T11:48:562012-07-30T11:48:56Rebecca Adlington celebrates with her bronze medalRebecca Adlington claimed Great Britain's first London 2012 medal in the pool when she produced a performance full of her customary guts and determination as she took bronze in the 400 metres freestyle.The race was won by Frenchwoman Camille Muffat in a new Olympic record and textile world record of four minutes 01.45 seconds with American Allison Schmitt second.However, it was a superb swim by Adlington, forced to swim out of lane eight after only just scraping into the final. The 23-year-old came from sixth at halfway to touch in 4mins 03.01secs.The double gold medallist in Beijing was shocked by her third place after her heat swim although, ever the athlete looking to improve, she was slightly disappointed with her time.She said: "I didn't expect a medal especially after this morning going in eighth. It was an extremely tough race. I am a little disappointed at the time, I did go faster in March, but to be honest I am so happy I managed to sneak that medal."Team GB's Ellen Gandy was eighth as the United States' Dana Vollmer won the Olympic 100 metres butterfly title in a new world record of 55.98 seconds.For Melbourne-based Gandy it was her first Olympic final and there was little expectation that she would challenge for medals with the 200m her favoured event. The American had been favourite coming in to the final having set an Olympic record on Saturday a year after being crowned world champion in Shanghai.Vollmer took 0.08secs off Sarah Sjostrom's 2009 world record as she added the Olympic title to the gold she won in Athens in 2004 as a 16-year-old member of the triumphant 4x200m freestyle squad. Lu Ying of China was second in 56.87secs with Australia's Alicia Coutts third 0.07 adrift.Gemma Spofforth, Liam Tancock and Robbie Renwick all booked places in their respective finals on Monday night.Spofforth, fourth in the 100m backstroke by a fingernail in Beijing, qualified sixth in 59.70 although Georgia Davies was 15th. Tancock was the third fastest qualifier for the men's 100m backstroke final in 53.25, while Renwick reached his second 200m freestyle final, four years after finishing eighth. He clocked the equal sixth-fastest time in the semi-finals in 1:46.65.seo_keywordsOly Adlington 400 free su20Rebecca Adlington celebrates with her bronze medalRebecca Adlington celebrates with her bronze medalRebecca Adlington celebrates with her bronze medalRebecca Adlington celebrates with her bronze medalRebecca Adlington celebrates with her bronze medalRebecca Adlington celebrates with her bronze medalRebecca Adlington celebrates with her bronze medalRebecca Adlington celebrates with her bronze medalRebecca Adlington celebrates with her bronze medalRebecca Adlington celebrates with her bronze medalRebecca Adlington celebrates with her bronze medalRebecca Adlington celebrates with her bronze medalRebecca Adlington celebrates with her bronze medalRebecca Adlington celebrates with her bronze medalRebecca Adlington celebrates with her bronze medalRebecca Adlington celebrates with her bronze medalRebecca Adlington celebrates with her bronze medalRebecca Adlington celebrates with her bronze medalRebecca Adlington celebrates with her bronze medalRebecca Adlington celebrates with her bronze medalRebecca Adlington celebrates with her bronze medalRebecca Adlington celebrates with her bronze medalRebecca Adlington celebrates with her bronze medalRebecca Adlington celebrates with her bronze medalRebecca Adlington celebrates with her bronze medalRebecca Adlington celebrates with her bronze medalRebecca Adlington celebrates with her bronze medalRebecca Adlington celebrates with her bronze medalRebecca Adlington celebrates with her bronze medalRebecca Adlington celebrates with her bronze medalRebecca Adlington celebrates with her bronze medalRebecca Adlington celebrates with her bronze medalRebecca Adlington celebrates with her bronze medalRebecca Adlington celebrates with her bronze medalRebecca Adlington celebrates with her bronze medalRebecca Adlington celebrates with her bronze medalRebecca Adlington celebrates with her bronze medalRebecca Adlington celebrates with her bronze medalRebecca Adlington celebrates with her bronze medal

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