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Adlington to consult coach over future

October 2, 2012 18:12 pm

Four-time Olympic swimming medallist Rebecca Adlington will make a decision on her future after consulting coach Bill Furniss following an upcoming 280-mile charity bike ride in Zambia.

The 23-year-old was third in both the 400 metres and 800m freestyle at the 2012 Olympics, adding double bronze to the two golds she won in Beijing four years ago.

While the Rio Olympics looks a step too far, the Nova Centurion swimmer is as yet undecided about her immediate future, with competing in the 200m and 400m a possibility.

Once she has returned from the Bike for Africa Challenge - supported by British Gas and UK Sport - she is undertaking with former Olympic bronze medallist Joanne Jackson, ex-Commonwealth champion Ross Davenport and ex-swimmer Mel Marshall, Adlington will sit down with Furniss and decide on her next step.

Adlington said: "I haven't made that decision. In so many ways I think I can, but I need Bill's input in that because I need to know what he thinks. At the end of the day, you don't know yourself as fully as your coach does. Bill can see things in training, he knows the work I need to do to be good at a 200 and 400.

"Over the past goodness knows how long it has all been based on the 800 so if we were going to change things he would know whether I would be able to do that sort of stuff and at good quality.

"So I need his opinion on that more than anything, because while I might think 'yeah I could do that' he might be like 'no, I have seen 200 free people, you haven't quite got that.'

"And he is honest enough to say that or he might turn round and say, 'right, I think I can tap into your speed.'

"But that is something I don't know, I have got to get his point of view. I can't make this decision on my own, at the end of the day I don't want to train with anybody but Bill.

"It's not like I want to move clubs and try somewhere different. Bill is the only person I want to coach me if I do carry on so I can't make that decision without him."

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