Derided for her emotional, honest personality, decision to pursue a career in the media and – most objectionably – her looks, Adlington puts up with far more than any Olympic hero should be forced to endure.
Her strength of character shines through in her presenting for the BBC at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, though. Engaging, charming and fun, she shows a great deal more enthusiasm than some of her colleagues during coverage of the World Cup in Brazil.
Balding, Adlington and Foster fast becoming my favourite trio since Zaha, Bolasie and Murray for @CPFC. World class broadcasting
— Michael Baker (@mikebaker400h) July 26, 2014
Adlington, 25, may well have finally won over the British public though, after weeping following Adam Peaty’s 100m breaststroke victory in the pool.
The double Beijing Olympic champion was overcome with emotion, tears and mascara streaming down her face. You’d have to possess a heart of stone not to be moved by her reaction.
Becky wasn’t helped by being sat next to the pristine Mark Foster, a man so immaculate in his presentation that he has been the face (and body) of several health and fitness brands.
But, judging by the evening’s reaction on Twitter, she was the hero of the hour.
Wonderfully dispassionate analysis on BBC by Becky Adlington of Adam Peaty's gold. In tears, mascara running. All over the place.
— Oliver Brown (@oliverbrown_tel) July 26, 2014
I adore Rebecca Adlington. That is all. — Jo Tongue (@tonguetweets) July 26, 2014
Of course it wasn’t the first time she has wept on TV, having done so after winning her bronze medal at the London Olympics two years ago.
Keep the tears coming, Becky – certainly makes a change from the dour fogeys on MOTD…
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