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Beijing Olympics 2008

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11 August 2008

Jackson wins bronze in historic race for Britain

Jo JacksonLoughborough-based swimmer Joanne Jackson has secured Olympic bronze in the women’s 400m Freestyle.

Jackson was joined by Nottingham-based Rebecca Adlington who took gold to become the first British woman to win an Olympic title in the pool since Anita Lonsborough in 1960. Adlington is a regular at Loughborough’s 50m swimming facility, training there twice weekly with her Nova Centurion team.

The 19-year-old took the top spot in 4:03.22 while 21-year-old Jackson finished for bronze in 4:03.52. The pair were split by USA’s Katie Hoff who claimed silver in 4:03.29.

"We are both so happy to have two British girls on the podium,” said Adlington. "It was a lot harder this morning. We just tried to ignore the times and race the final.''

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