After ending her glittering swimming career, UK pool princess Rebecca Adlington has a new challenge – sports commentating for the BBC.
The two-time Olympic gold and bronze medallist will join the BBC Two commentary team for this year’s World Swimming Championships in Barcelona, from July 29 to August 4.
Still world record holder for the 800m freestyle, Rebecca will appear with host Gabby Logan and fellow former swimmer and Strictly star Mark Foster, providing her expert opinion on races in the pool and adding special insights about the world’s top swimmers.
“I’m so excited to be part of this amazing team,” says Rebecca, 24, who’s also rumoured to be taking part in this autumn’s Strictly Come Dancing on BBC1. “I’ve known most of them for a long time, but always been on the other side so it’s so nice now I’ve retired to be able to join them. I can’t wait to get out to Barcelona and witness some incredible swimming.
“It’s going to be a very interesting and exciting competition, especially after an Olympic year. I’m so glad it’s back on people’s TV screens as I know people love watching it and people always ask me when it’s next on. Hopefully people will get to know the up and coming athletes, especially with the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow fast approaching.”
BBC Two will also play host to coverage of the Diving World Championships in Barcelona on Sunday, July 28. Great Britain’s Olympic bronze medallist Tom Daley will be hoping to recapture the world title he won in 2009.
BBC Radio 5 live and 5 live sports extra will also have the best of the action as Steve Parry brings coverage from Barcelona alongside four-time World Championship gold medallist Karen Pickering.
Coverage on BBC television and radio can also be accessed via mobile, tablet and the BBC Sport app via live streams. There will be reports, interviews and analysis on the BBC Sport website as well as live text commentary from the finals of events each evening.