Adlington defies odds to claim bronze
Olympic Swimming: After writing off her chances on Twitter earlier on today, Rebecca Adlington won bronze from lane eight in the 400m freestyle as Camille Muffat of France took the Olympic title.
Adlington drew lane eight after being slowest of the qualifiers this morning and tweeted her lack of optimism soon afterwards, but she came from sixth at halfway this evening to add another medal to the mantelpiece, having won gold at Beijing in 2008.
Muffat's time of four minutes 1.45 seconds was a new Olympic record while American Allison Schmitt finished second. The 23-year-old Adlington touched in a time of 4:03.01.
Swimming out of outside lanes, with their psychological and visual disadvantage, is nothing new for Adlington. She claimed a silver medal out of lane one behind world champion and world record holder Federica Pellegrini at last year's World Championships and was third at the previous worlds in Rome three years ago from an outside lane.
"Everyone has been so amazing. These guys (fans) make it so worthwhile. It's amazing the support I've had," Adlington told BBC Sport. "That's what we need, we need people to get behind us and support us."
Of her parents Kay and Steve, she added: "I'm so proud of them. They've been amazing. I've never known such a selfless family. They've given up so much to help me achieve my dream."