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India, Britain end long waits for Olympic gold


Adlington, JacksonIn all the excitement over Michael Phelps and his bid for eight golds it’d be easy to overlook a few other extraordinary achievements at the Games today.

Amid the gold rush at the Water Cube, Rebecca Adlington won Britain’s first Olympic women’s swimming title in nearly half a century with a victory in the 400 metres freestyle that was every bit as exciting as the American relay win that kept Phelps’s hopes of eight golds alive.

As Derek Parr writes, Adlington, fourth at the final turn, hurtled down the last length to overhaul American Katie Hoff and clinch the gold by a tiny 0.07 seconds in four minutes 03.22 seconds.

Hoff clung on to take the silver in 4:03.29 while Joanne Jackson provided Britain with a second medal when she finished third in 4:03.52.