"Simply Awesome" Adlington
Mansfield's Executive Mayor Tony Egginton has once again hailed Mansfield superwoman Rebecca Adlington as "simply awesome" after she swam her way into the record books at the weekend.
Rebecca stormed to victory in the Olympic final of the 800 metres freestyle, to add to the 400m gold medal five days earlier - shattering the oldest women's swimming world record and becoming the first British female swimmer ever to win two Olympic Gold Medals in the process.
Mayor Egginton joined thousands of locals to stay up and watch the event in the early hours of Saturday morning. And Rebecca did not disappoint the army of fans watching in her home town, blowing the rest of the field away to finish in 8:14.10 - more than two seconds quicker than the time recorded by American Janet Evans in 1989... the year Rebecca was born!
Now the district is preparing to welcome home the Olympic hero in style, with an open-top bus parade and homecoming event in Mansfield Market Place on Tuesday 26th August (more details to follow).
Mayor Egginton said: "Rebecca's performance was simply awesome. To go out as she did and leave the world's best swimmers in her wake was absolutely incredible. I can't put into words how proud we are that Rebecca is a Mansfield girl. Her achievements are the result of years and years of relentless hard work and dedication - she deserves all the success that comes her way.
"We must also remember the part played by the people around her. She is lucky to have a fantastic family behind her and, since she started out swimming at Sherwood Baths all those years ago, she has benefited from some superb coaching and development work from the likes of Maureen Arnold, the Council's Swimming Development Officer Glen Smith and now Bill Furniss at Nova Centurion.
"I hope local people will turn out in their thousands to welcome Rebecca home from Beijing next Tuesday."