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Adlington storms to second gold

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Britain's Rebecca Adlington set a new world record as she clinched her second swimming gold medal in Beijing with victory in the 800m freestyle.

The 19-year-old, who won gold in the 400m freestyle on Monday, destroyed the rest of the field as she finished 2.12 seconds inside the previous world best.

Italy's Alessia Filippi claimed the silver while Lotte Friis of Denmark finished third.

Cassie Patton, the second Brit in the final, finished eighth.

Adlington became the first British woman to claim gold since Anita Lonsbrough in 1960 with her 400m freestyle victory, and success in the 800m freestyle makes her the most successful British swimmer of the last 100 years.

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Claire Stocks
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If that was not enough, she made more history by smashing swimming's longest-standing world record. The world 800m best set by Janet Evans of the United States was done so in 1989, the year Adlington was born.

Having set a new Olympic record in qualifying for the final, Adlington was favourite to emerge victorious.

She snatched victory with the last touch in winning her first medal at the Water Cube on Monday, but had no such problems on Saturday.

The first 100m saw Adlington pushed all the way by Camelia Alina Potec who, after 50m, turned in the lead.

By 200m the pair were clear of the field and soon Adlington began to pull away from the Romanian.

At the halfway mark, she was in a race all of her own and her rivals had no answer as she stayed under world record time for the entire race, eventually finishing six seconds ahead of her nearest rival.

Adlington overwhelmed by second gold

"I absolutely can't believe that has happened. I knew when I touched I had won and that was a great thing because I was just going for gold," she said.

"I didn't expect that record at all. It has always been a goal of mine but I never really expected it at this moment in time.

"To do it now and to do that time, it hasn't sunk in yet.

"This is just everything I have ever dreamed of and I'm so glad the hard work has paid off."

Her success in winning two golds in Beijing equals the best performance by a British woman at a single Olympics, following Dame Kelly Holmes's 800m and 1500m victories in Athens four years ago.

And she feels her achievements in Beijing are just reward for the effort she has put in during training.

"There are times when you don't even want to drive home, you just sit on the side of the pool.

"You just have to push yourself. You are pushing your body every single session.

"It is so nice for it finally to pay off. But I will be back training in no time."

Meanwhile, Francesca Halsall failed to reach the 50m freestyle final after finishing seventh in her semi-final in a time of 24.80secs.

Britta Steffen, Marleen Veldhuis, Libby Trickett, Hinkelien Schreuder, Kara Joyce, Aleksandra Gerasimenya, Dara Torres and Cate Campbell all qualified for Sunday's final.

Halsall said "It's been great experience and I've learned a lot ahead of the London 2012. I've still got the relays to come and that's going to be close.

"I'm still young and I've got loads I can improve on."


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Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze TOTAL
1 also show each event results forUSA 12 9 10 31
Men's 100m Backstroke 1 1 0
Men's 100m Butterfly 1 0 0
Men's 100m Freestyle 0 0 1
Men's 200m Backstroke 1 1 0
Men's 200m Butterfly 1 0 0
Men's 200m Freestyle 1 0 1
Men's 200m Individual Medley 1 0 1
Men's 400m Freestyle 0 0 1
Men's 400m Individual Medley 1 0 1
Men's 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 1 0 0
Men's 4 x 100m Medley Relay 1 0 0
Men's 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 1 0 0
Women's 100m Backstroke 1 0 1
Women's 100m Breaststroke 0 1 0
Women's 100m Butterfly 0 1 0
Women's 100m Freestyle 0 0 1
Women's 200m Backstroke 0 1 0
Women's 200m Breaststroke 1 0 0
Women's 200m Individual Medley 0 0 1
Women's 400m Freestyle 0 1 0
Women's 400m Individual Medley 0 0 1
Women's 4 x 100m Freestyle Rel 0 1 0
Women's 4 x 100m Medley Relay 0 1 0
Women's 4 x 200m Freestyle Rel 0 0 1
Women's 50m Freestyle 0 1 0
2 also show each event results forAustralia 6 6 8 20
Men's 100m Backstroke 0 0 1
Men's 100m Freestyle 0 1 0
Men's 1500m Freestyle 0 1 0
Men's 200m Breaststroke 0 1 0
Men's 200m Freestyle 0 0 1
Men's 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 0 0 1
Men's 4 x 100m Medley Relay 0 1 0
Men's 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 0 0 1
Women's 100m Breaststroke 1 0 0
Women's 100m Butterfly 1 0 1
Women's 100m Freestyle 0 1 0
Women's 200m Breaststroke 0 1 0
Women's 200m Butterfly 0 0 1
Women's 200m Individual Medley 1 0 0
Women's 400m Individual Medley 1 0 0
Women's 4 x 100m Freestyle Rel 0 0 1
Women's 4 x 100m Medley Relay 1 0 0
Women's 4 x 200m Freestyle Rel 1 0 0
Women's 50m Freestyle 0 0 1
3 also show each event results forGreat Britain 2 2 2 6
Men's Marathon 10km 0 1 0
Women's 400m Freestyle 1 0 1
Women's 800m Freestyle 1 0 0
Women's Marathon 10km 0 1 1
4 also show each event results forJapan 2 0 3 5
Men's 100m Breaststroke 1 0 0
Men's 200m Breaststroke 1 0 0
Men's 200m Butterfly 0 0 1
Men's 4 x 100m Medley Relay 0 0 1
Women's 200m Breaststroke 0 0 1
5 also show each event results forGermany 2 0 1 3
Men's Marathon 10km 0 0 1
Women's 100m Freestyle 1 0 0
Women's 50m Freestyle 1 0 0
6 also show each event results forNetherlands 2 0 0 2
Men's Marathon 10km 1 0 0
Women's 4 x 100m Freestyle Rel 1 0 0
7 also show each event results forChina 1 3 2 6
Men's 400m Freestyle 0 1 0
Women's 200m Butterfly 1 1 0
Women's 200m Freestyle 0 0 1
Women's 4 x 100m Medley Relay 0 0 1
Women's 4 x 200m Freestyle Rel 0 1 0
8 also show each event results forZimbabwe 1 3 0 4
Women's 100m Backstroke 0 1 0
Women's 200m Backstroke 1 0 0
Women's 200m Individual Medley 0 1 0
Women's 400m Individual Medley 0 1 0
9 also show each event results forFrance 1 2 3 6
Men's 100m Breaststroke 0 0 1
Men's 100m Freestyle 1 0 0
Men's 200m Breaststroke 0 0 1
Men's 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 0 1 0
Men's 50m Freestyle 0 1 1
10 also show each event results forRussia 1 1 2 4
Men's 100m Backstroke 0 0 1
Men's 200m Backstroke 0 0 1
Men's 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 0 1 0
Women's Marathon 10km 1 0 0
11 also show each event results forItaly 1 1 0 2
Women's 200m Freestyle 1 0 0
Women's 800m Freestyle 0 1 0
12 also show each event results forSouth Korea 1 1 0 2
Men's 200m Freestyle 0 1 0
Men's 400m Freestyle 1 0 0
13 also show each event results forBrazil 1 0 1 2
Men's 100m Freestyle 0 0 1
Men's 50m Freestyle 1 0 0
14 also show each event results forTunisia 1 0 0 1
Men's 1500m Freestyle 1 0 0
15 also show each event results forHungary 0 3 0 3
Men's 200m Butterfly 0 1 0
Men's 200m Individual Medley 0 1 0
Men's 400m Individual Medley 0 1 0
16 also show each event results forNorway 0 1 1 2
Men's 100m Breaststroke 0 1 0
Women's 200m Breaststroke 0 0 1
17 also show each event results forSerbia 0 1 0 1
Men's 100m Butterfly 0 1 0
18 also show each event results forSlovenia 0 1 0 1
Women's 200m Freestyle 0 1 0
19 also show each event results forAustria 0 0 1 1
Women's 100m Breaststroke 0 0 1
20 also show each event results forCanada 0 0 1 1
Men's 1500m Freestyle 0 0 1
21 also show each event results forDenmark 0 0 1 1
Women's 800m Freestyle 0 0 1

see also
Golden girl brings mayor to heel
16 Aug 08 |  Nottinghamshire
Adlington sets new Olympic record
14 Aug 08 |  Swimming
Adlington tipped to add to gold
11 Aug 08 |  Swimming
Adlington snatches swimming gold
11 Aug 08 |  Swimming
BBC Olympics blog
15 Aug 08 |  Olympics
Beijing 2008
14 Feb 08 |  Olympics


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