Rebecca Adlington OBE

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Mansfield, UK

Career Highlights and Awards

2006 European Championships
Silver: 800m Freestyle
2008 World Championships
Gold: 800m Freestyle
Silver: 4x200m Freestyle
2008 Olympic Games
Gold: 400m Freestyle
Gold: 800m Freestyle
2009 World Championships
Bronze: 400m Freestyle
Bronze: 4x200m Freestyle
2010 European Championships
Gold: 400m Freestyle
Bronze: 4x200m Freestyle
2010 Commonwealth Games
Gold: 400m Freestyle
Gold: 800m Freestyle
Bronze: 200m Freestyle
Bronze: 4x200m Freestyle
2011 World Championships
Gold: 800m Freestyle
Silver: 400m Freestyle
2012 Olympic Games
Bronze: 400m Freestyle
Bronze: 800m Freestyle


Becky is Great Britain’s most successful ever swimmer. She became a household name following her two-gold medal winning performances at the Beijing Games in August 2008 and has been the nation’s darling ever since.

Her unique blend of charisma and charm allied to her dedication and professionalism in the pool has made her a global superstar, and a role model for female athletes around the world.

Becky’s drive and thirst for success meant that she won a medal in each of the Olympic finals she swam. A four-time Olympic medallist in the 400m and 800m Freestyle, she won two Gold medals in Beijing 2008 and two Bronze medals in London 2012.

Following her success in Beijing, Becky was awarded an OBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace and accepted the Laureus World Sports Awards ‘Breakthrough of the Year Award’ from Sebastian Coe.

Becky is an ambassador of the Encephalitis Society, a national charity and the only resource of its kind in the world supporting people affected by the illness.

In June 2016, Becky became a Patron of Women in Sport to help support the charity’s work in transforming sport for the benefit of every woman and girl in the UK.

Becky announced her retirement from elite swimming in 2013 and has since undertaken numerous roles in swimming commentary and punditry. A mainstay for the BBC’s coverage of the 2015 World Championships, the 2016 Rio Olympics, the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, and the 2018 European Championships in Glasgow, Becky is an articulate and respected media presence.

Following her retirement Becky announced a vision for her legacy: Becky Adlington’s Swim Stars – a swimming initiative with the goal that every child in Britain will be able to swim 25 metres by the time they leave primary school. Her famous drive is now channelled into this vision and, given her track-record, she is well placed to achieve her most challenging goal to date.

Becky Adlington’s Swim Stars is now the fastest growing high profile learn to swim company in the country. Across the UK it teaches over 10,000 children a week how to swim. The programme, constructed by GB’s most successful ever Olympic swimmer, stands out in particular due to its exciting, innovative and engaging programme.

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