Adlington backing GB swimmers to shine in Rio

04 October 2014 / 16:37
Great Britain’s most successful swimmer Rebecca Adlington believes the nation’s current crop of talent are right on track to go and take the Rio 2016 Olympics by storm.   
Adlington - who is now retired - won two bronze medals at London 2012 to add to the two gold medals she brought home with her from Beijing four years earlier.
Michael Jamieson was the only other British athlete to medal two years ago in London as he took 200m breaststroke silver.
But with the likes of Ross Murdoch, Adam Peaty and Andrew Willis all ranked among the world’s best in the breaststroke discipline alone, Adlington insists the British team in Rio will be bursting with world-class swimmers.
"The depth is fantastic. Men's breaststroke is just insane. Only two people can go to the World Championships,” she said.
"When you've got four guys in the top 10 in the world fighting for two places, they're going to have to be on form and on target. They can't relax at the trials, which can only be good.
"That's what you've got to do at the World Championships. You've got to step up in the heats and semi-finals and post PBs (personal best times) just to make it through."
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