A shining moment for American swimming was difficult to accept for legendary British swimmer Rebecca Adlington. The 23-year-old Brit broke down while accepting a bronze medal for her performance in the 800-meter freestyle final as the packed crowd at London Aquatics Centre rose to its feet in support of their native daughter.
She won gold in the 400 and 800 free at the 2008 Beijing Games, becoming an instant icon in Great Britain. Adlington's quest to repeat in front of a homeland audience fell short, courtesy of American Katie Ledecky's prodigious performance.
Afterward, Adlington admitted that she is considering retirement from the sport.
"I can happily say that I have been in four Olympic Games finals, which is incredible, and I'm glad that I've medalled in four as well," she told The Guardian. "I can definitely look back and be happy with my career [but] there is just an element of disappointment in there as well, obviously."