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Rebecca Adlington is Gearing up for 2012 Olympics Qualification

4th August 2011

Despite winning a fantastic Gold and Silver in Shanghai last week at the World Championships, Rebecca is not complacent about qualification for the 2012 Olympics. Rebecca still feels there is room for improvement given the incredibly tough competition she will face, "I gained a lot of confidence from the Worlds. However, my turns are a weakness, my race tactics need work and I don't quite have enough speed."

Rebecca will be working incredibly hard in the lead-up to qualification, "Qualifying is so difficult because we only have one chance and you have to get a certain time and place. If you are ill or injured it could ruin it. My events are some of the strongest in Britain at the moment – Jo Jackson, Caitlin McClatchey, Jazz Carlin, Kerri-Anne Payne all fighting for two spots."

Rebecca is a brilliant role model for the sport but the pressures placed upon her at a very young age have been great (she is now 22), and she has had to work not only on her physical strength but also on dealing with the very high level of expectations, "Now I have learnt to deal with it and most of the pressure comes from myself. I've worked with a psychologist and that has really helped because he is someone separate from the sport and who puts things into perspective."

You will be able to catch more of Rebecca and other Olympic hopefuls on BBC ONE's 'British Olympic Dreams' with presenter and host John Inverdale.


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