Adlington to make announcement

  • Last Updated: January 30 2013, 20:11 GMT

Rebecca Adlington will make a "major announcement" at a press conference next Tuesday.

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There has been speculation the 23-year-old double Olympic gold medallist from Beijing would retire from the sport in the wake of the London Games.

Adlington won a pair of bronze medals last summer, two of only three medals won by British swimmers, short of their base target of five.

The Mansfield athlete has been critical of British Swimming in recent months, claiming she felt "insulted" by the governing body following the review into the team's under-performance in London.

She has also hit out at the amount of time it was taking to appoint a new head coach following the departure of Dennis Pursley after the Games.

Adlington said: "Why is it taking so long? We've been dying for them to appoint a head coach for months.

"Surely, that would make more sense for the head coach to be appointed before the review, even if it was just one who said 'look this is semi-permanent, you might want to continue after the review but you might help us until then making these decisions'.

"A lot of us don't know who we are going to at the moment. Who do we speak to? It's awful what's been going on."

British Swimming is also without a national performance director after Michael Scott resigned following the review into London.

While she has decided against competing at Rio 2016, the Nova Centurion swimmer has taken her time deciding whether or not to continue.

Coach Bill Furniss is expected to be key to her decision.

Furniss has guided her since the age of 12 and who has been heavily linked with the Great Britain head coach role.

Adlington admitted in October of last year that she would be tempted to sign off her career at another home event.

"The Commonwealth games in Glasgow would be an amazing opportunity and another home crowd," said Adlington - who has been named an ambassador for the event.

"There is something about the atmosphere at the Comms. It is very friendly.

"I was so honoured when I was asked to be an ambassador for Glasgow."

"I still want to be a part of swimming. If it's not me on podium I want to be a mentor for the young kids coming though."

Rebecca Adlington factfile

1989: Born February 17, Mansfield

2004: Wins gold in the 800 metres freestyle at the European Junior

Championships

2006: Makes senior international debut in European Championships in Budapest and wins silver, a performance she rates as her "finest swim".

2007: Finishes 10th in the 800m freestyle in the World Championships in Melbourne.

2008: April: Sets a Commonwealth record of 8 minutes 19.22 seconds in the heats of the 800m at the British Olympic trials in Sheffield, smashing Sarah Hardcastle's 1986 mark by more than five seconds. It is also the fastest time in the world this year.

The following week wins 800m gold in the World Short Course Championships as British swimmers enjoy a hugely successful competition in front a home crowd in Manchester. Records a time of 8:08.25 to finish more than four seconds ahead of Australian Kylie Palmer.

Also swims the anchor leg in the 4x200m freestyle relay as Britain's quartet are pipped to the gold by the Dutch team who set a new world record of 7:38.90.

July: Breaks her own British and Commonwealth record in the 400m freestyle on the final day of the National Championships in Liverpool. Her time of 4:02.80 makes her the third fastest woman in 2008 over the distance and fourth fastest in history.

August 11: Wins gold medal in the 400m freestyle at the Olympic Games in Beijing, Britain's first women's medal in the pool for 24 years.

August 16: Becomes a double gold medallist - Britain's first woman double gold medallist in swimming - by winning the 800m freestyle in a world record time of 8:14.10.

2009: Presented with an OBE announced before the New Year. Wins a bronze medal in the 400m freestyle at the World Championships and another in the 4x200m relay team.

2010: In the Commonwealth Games, Adlington wins golds in the 400m and 800m freestyle and bronzes in the 200m and 4x200m freestyles.

2011: Another year to remember as she wins gold in the 800m freestyle at the Worlds. She has to settle for silver in the 400m.

2012: Claims the Olympic bronze medal in the 400m freestyle and 800m freestyle at London 2012.

2013: January 30: Confirms she will make a "major announcement" at a press conference in London next Tuesday.


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