She won two bronze medals in the Aquatic Centre… and consolidated her position as one of the nation’s most inspirational role models.
But while we’ve all celebrated Rebecca Adlington’s amazing performance (post-Olympic hangovers anyone?), she, er, hasn’t.
‘I really wanted to buy myself a Chanel handbag to celebrate if I won a medal’, she says in an interview with Grazia. ‘But they’re really expensive so I’m going to have to save up.’
Rebecca loves this Chanel Classic Flap Bag
Bless her – someone give the girl a bag! After all, she’s definitely earned it… winning bronze in the 400m freestyle and the 800m.
‘Now the Games is over, I’m taking a bit of a break’, she told us. ‘Normally we only get two weeks off a year. This is the longest I’ve been off forever. I’m going home for the first time on Monday which will be lovely. Just to sit on the sofa and relax will be nice.’
And has she got post-Olympic comedown like us? ‘To be honest, I haven’t even had a chance to properly process the Games, let alone notice they’ve finished’, she laughs. ‘Also, [Open Water swimmer] Keri-Anne Payne is getting married soon and we’ve got her hen night coming up. With that and her wedding – I’m a bridesmaid – it’s still all go!’
Rebecca on the podium. Whooop!
While most people cheered Rebecca on, there were a few vile bullies (Frankie Boyle, we’re looking at you) who instead spent their time abusing her on Twitter.
‘Of course it’s horrible reading those sorts of tweets and messages’, says Rebecca. ‘But I love Twitter and get so many nice messages. I don’t want to be bullied off the site, so I just immediately block someone if they tweet something nasty.’
So what’s next for our swimming star? ‘It’s weird to train so hard and for so long and then the Olympics are over before you know it. There are other events coming up over the next couple of years, but for now I just want to take it easy, relax… and remember how amazing it felt to be on the podium in front of a home crowd.’
Aah, a true champion. Now all she needs is that Chanel bag...
Rebecca Adlington and Speedo want to use the legacy of the Olympics to inspire people to swim. Speedo is involved in a number of grass roots swimming events such as Swimathon and the Speedo Open Water Swim Series which are aimed at encouraging people to take the plunge and get into the water.