Cool female Olympian of the day: Rebecca Adlington

On Sunday Team GB’s superstar swimmer Rebecca Adlington lost her 400m freestyle title but won the bronze medal and tearfully expressed her joy and gratitude for the crowd’s support.

Jul 31, 2012 at 10:00am | Leave a comment

She told Sharon Davies "it was so hard... and I'm so glad I got a medal at a home games - not many people can say that... I know so many people wanted me to get the gold and I'm sorry for that! But I tried my absolute hardest and I'm so pleased..." That’s one classy woman.

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Becky Adlington talking to Sharon Davies after winning a bronze medal in the 400m freestyle

The 23-year-old Mansfield girl became a national hero when she scooped two gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics (in the 400m and 800m) and became Britain’s most successful Olympic swimmer in a century.

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Team GB's Rebecca Adlington with her bronze medal

Not only is she a fearsomely gifted athlete, she’s also a thoroughly good sport – accepting victory and defeat graciously. She's also skilled at ignoring the pathetic effort of the trolls – both famous and anonymous – who try to mock her online.

On the morning of the final she tweeted to her 177,000 followers “Just sneaked into tonights final in 8th place! Not expecting anything tonight, all I can do is my best :-) thank you for all the support x” and then afterwards we got “Ahhhhhhhh bronze medal!!! Can't believe it! SOOO happy its unreal! The crowd was incredible! THANK YOU to everyone, your support is amazing!”

Show Becky your support on Twitter @BeckAdlington