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Englands double Olympic winner Rebecca Adlington, 21, looks to set to pick the countrys first medal at tonights swimming competition.Adlington is one of Britains few stars left in this show and while Olympic and World athletic champions were pulling out. This is Adlingtons debut Commonwealth Games so she is here with an inexperienced eye, reports the Daily Express.


London, Oct. 4 : England's double Olympic winner Rebecca Adlington, 21, looks to set to pick the country's first medal at tonight's swimming competition.Adlington is one of Britain's few stars left in this show and while Olympic and World athletic champions were pulling out. This is Adlington's debut Commonwealth Games so she is here with an inexperienced eye, reports the Daily Express.

Adlington will swim in the heats of the 200metres this morning, with the final tonight. It 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 would launch 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.

She also wants a good look at the 200m because it is possible that could replace the 800m in her repertoire as she gets older.

But, for now, her two Olympic gold medal distances - the 800m, where she is world record holder, and the 400m - will remain her blue riband events and she is favourite for both.

ANI

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