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In Pictures: Rebecca Adlington returns

Rebecca Adlington on the open top bus

Rebecca Adlington said she was "overwhelmed" by the crowds who had turned out to welcome her home.

Chris Hoy and Rebecca Adlington and their gold medals

She had returned from the Olympic Games in Beijing just 24 hours earlier with the rest of Team GB.

Rebecca Adlington and Tony Eggington

Mansfield mayor Tony Eggington had promised Rebecca a pair of designer shoes if she won gold.

Rebecca Adlington with her family

Rebecca shared an open top bus with her mother Kay, father Steve and sisters Chloe (centre) and Laura (left).

Bus in square

Official estimates put the crowd at more than 10,000, with many buildings draped with banners.

Mansfield crowds

Rebecca's mother Kay said: "I must admit when the bus pulled round I had a few tears in my eyes. This has been unbelievable."

Rebecca Adlington gives the crowd the thumbs up.

Linda Bennett, 51, who helped train Adlington, said: "From the first time I saw her when she was about five I knew she was very good."

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