Olympic swimming champ Adlington books London ticket

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Two-time Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington earned a spot in the British team for the London Games with a dominant victory in the 400-meter freestyle at the British Swimming Championships here.

The 23-year-old Adlington led from the start to finish in 4 minutes, 2.35 seconds at the Aquatics Center at London’s Olympic Park Sunday.

The effort was faster than her time to win the 400 at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and to come second at last year’s world championships.

Adlington also won the 800 freestyle in Beijing, Xinhua reports.

“There is so much relief and happiness and excitement and it is just an amazing thing,” said Adlington.

“It is four years of training and this is obviously the biggest thing that anyone is going to experience.

“Obviously the younger guys have the next Olympics but I just so badly wanted this. London has always been my target and to finally know I am going is a big relief.

“I was very nervous, it is the biggest meet of all our lives because so much is at stake. I just went for it, didn’t hold back and attacked it.

“I so badly wanted Jo to get through as well, we have been through so much together. The other girls are so young and getting faster and faster and I have no doubt they will be in Rio.

“But Jo and I have so much experience together and I missed her when she’s not there,” she said.

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