Issue Date: 27/07/2010
Issue Name: 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games - A Tribute to Rebecca Adlington
Producer: Buckingham Covers
This lovely cover is a tribute to Rebecca Adlington. Britain winning gold medals in swimming is similar to winning the singles at Wimbledon. Rebecca didn’t win one gold - she won two. She didn’t just break the world record doing it once - she did it twice. Probably the most extra ordinary performance ever by a British swimmer! This cover features five of the ten Olympic stamps and has a Mansfield, Nottingham postmark (27th July, 2010).
Rebecca Adlington - Freestyle Swimmer
Rebecca Adlington won two gold medals at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, in the 400m and 800m. She set a new British, Commonwealth, European and Olympic record in the heats. In the final she set a new world record time. In winning two golds in the pool Adlington became the first British woman to win gold for Great Britain since Anita Lonsborough-Porter in 1960, and by winning her second gold of the games she became the first British swimmer to win more than one gold medal at a single Olympic Games since 1908!
At the World Swimming Championships 2009 Adlington won bronze in the 4x200m relay, and bronze behind Jo Jackson the 400m freestyle. She now looks ahead to the challenges of the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
To finish off a winning year, Adlington was named as Sports Journalist Association of Great Britain's Sportswoman of the Year, she was voted third in BBC's Sports Personality of the year award and received an OBE in the 20069 New Years Honours list.
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Rebecca Adlington OBE is a British former competitive swimmer who specialised in freestyle events in international competition.