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Another gold - Rebecca Adlington

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"Rebecca Adlington of Great Britain won her gold medal in the 400 metres freestyle. This gold was the culmination of a few seconds of blinding, blazing, incandescent opportunity". And years and years of training.

Her father said, "She wasn't even in the frame when it came to the last turn. We knew she has a very strong finish. but we all thought she had left it too late. It looked like she would be lucky to get bronze - but then it was as if she switched on her onboard motor. She was just away - it was simply fantastic."

Simon Barnes reported that it was "the first British women’s swimming Olympic gold medal for 48 years." And the champion of 48 years ago, Anita Lonsborough, was in the stands in Beijing, cheering her on.

Now Rebecca prepares to swim for the gold in the 800 metre freestyle, her strong suit.

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