England’s double Olympic winner Rebecca Adlington, looks to in top condition and ready to grab the country’s first medal at tonight’s swimming races.
Adlington is one of England’s last few stars left in this show and while Olympic and World athletic champions were pulling out. This is Adlington’s first Commonwealth Games so she is here with an inexperienced eye, reports one national press.
Adlington will swim in the heats of the 200metres this morning, with the final tonight. This is her weakest event and she has three quick Australians to get past for a medal.
It is unlikely to be gold, but a silver or bronze are very likely and it would spring England’s attack on the medals and bring a feel-good factor to a Games where the smile on the faces of the people is genuine but masks many problems.
“I never thought I was going to pull out. At the trials, we all said we were going to do it. We all expected the worst. When we got here we were all pleasantly surprised. It’s not bad at all. There are a few tiles that are not done but that is not a problem,” Adlington said.
Adlington has a busy workload with the 200m freestyle, 400m, 800m and 4x200m relay. It is the busiest championship she has ever had. If she is successful, she might repeat the programme at the London Olympics.
Adlington’s Olympic success distances – the 800m, where she is still the world record holder, and the 400m – will remain her top events where she is bookies favourite for both.