Rebecca Adlington

The truth about Helen Skelton's Olympics 'short skirt controversy'

The focus on Skelton is especially unfair when you consider her sidekick, Foster, had his legs flipping around the whole time. Who can blame either? In the context of 'swimming pool in hot country', light clothing makes a lot of sense. If the Twitterati finds this too erotic, goodness knows what explosive effect swimmers themselves have

Russell finds inspiration from 'gutsy' Adlington to win silver

British success has not come easy in the London Aquatics Centre this summer, and it is to perhaps the hardest-earned of those rare Olympic moments that Hannah Russell turned to find her inspiration to claim a silver medal on her Paralympic debut last night.

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Missy Franklin fades out as Allison Schmitt stays the course

Missy Franklin never took up Michael Phelps' offer of advice on how to endure the brutal realities of handling an exhausting multi-medal programme. It might have been worthwhile as the 17-year-old last night found herself swum out of the medals in the 200m freestyle.