"I saw them guys. They were off. I just couldn't keep with them," Adlington said. "To be honest, I am so happy I managed to sneak that medal. ... Another Olympic medal is just unbelievable, and there is not an ounce of disappointment in me."
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"She was absolutely amazing," said Adlington, who settled for bronze in 8:20.32.
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