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Rebecca Adlington targets golden Commonwealth Games debut at Delhi 2010

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Ace English swimmer Rebecca Adlington will be one of the athletes to watch in the Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi as the 800-metre freestyle world record holder will be hoping to provide a fine fare to all enthusiasts and make a golden debut in Commonwealth Games.

"My favourite event has always been the 800m freestyle, as I am more comfortable and confident in that and I know what I am doing," Adlington said in the Commonwealth Games Village today. "I don't have the natural speed for 200m."

The 21-year-old Nottinghamshire girl is one of the best swimmers to come out of England. She made her international debut at the European Championships in Budapest in 2006, winning a silver medal. She is carded to participate in the 200m freestyle, 400m freestyle and 800m freestyle at Delhi 2010.

Adlington owns the 800m freestyle world record, which she grabbed at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, breaking the record which stood in the name of American Janet Evans for 19 years with a time of 8:14.10. She won two golds in Beijing, in the 400 and 800 metres, making her Britain's first Olympic swimming champion since 1988 and the first British swimmer to win two Olympic gold medals since 1908.

Adlington also has a European record 4x200 freestyle relay, and won bronze in 400m freestyle in the World Championships in 2009.

"My best performance was at Beijing where I broke the world record for 800m freestyle," Adlington said. "Breaking the world record for my event means a lot to me. I would like to win a medal at the Commonwealth Games. It will be my first time I have competed in one. After that my next goal will be the London Olympics in 2012."

Speaking about the security concerns here, Adlington said, "I was not worried about security before coming here. The entire team is very happy with the facilities at the Games Village and specially the food. The Village and its facilities are much bigger and better than those in Beijing."

Team Head Coach Chris Nesbit was optimistic about the team's chances. "We have a great team and it is looking really good," he said. "We want to build on our performance at the trials. Our performance at the European Championships was also good. The Commonwealth Games will act as a build-up to the London Olympics in 2012."

The women's contingent also includes Gemma Spofforth, a world record 100m backstroke and Commonwealth 200m record backstroke and Joanna Jackson, who holds the Commonwealth records in 200m and 400m freestyle and a European record 4x200m freestyle relay.