Rebecca Adlington wins second gold at British Gas Champs

Rebecca Adlington celebrates her second victory of the championships in the 200m freestyle

Britain’s golden girl Rebecca Adlington came from behind to win her second gold medal of the British Gas Swimming Championships in the 200m Freestyle.

The event proved to be one of the closest battles of the competition with all girls qualifying for the final within 1.2 seconds of each other.

At the halfway point 1500m Freestyle champion Keri-Anne Payne was leading the field and at the final turn it was Jo Jackson who had taken the lead. But Adlington – Olympic champion over 400m and 800m – timed her race to perfection and began to come through with just 25m to go claiming gold in 1:58.90.

Jazmin Carlin won the silver in a time of 1:59.03 and bronze went to Payne in 1:59.42 while Rebecca Turner (1:59.63), Jackson (1:59.69) and Hannah Miley (1:59.80) all finished under two minutes.

Adlington described her victory as a “fight”, saying: “I knew it was going to be a close race.”

She added: “It just shows how strong our 4x200m relay can be…to get six girls all under two minutes is a great achievement.”

“That’s my second title of the British Gas Championships and I still have the 800m to go so this week so far has been very good for me.”