Adlington, who won two bronze medals at London 2012 to add to her two silvers from the Delhi Games two years ago and her double gold at Beijing in 2008, will join Sir Chris Hoy as an ambassador for the Games. 

“It’s a privilege to be involved as an ambassador for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth games and I’m thrilled to be able to voice my support to the next major sporting event coming to the UK,” she has said. 

Chairman of Glasgow 2014 Lord Smith has said: “Rebecca is Great Britain’s greatest ever swimmer and she is such a well-known personality across the sporting spectrum.

“Alongside Sir Chris, Rebecca will promote the Games and help ensure as many people as possible make the most of Scotland’s largest ever sporting and cultural event.”

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