Wow, what an incredible week! It’s been very emotional, but amazing to look back on. I must say a HUGE thank you to absolutely everyone who has supported and helped me. The messages I’ve received have been so lovely.
And the crowd – what can I say, just incredible! It was more than I ever could have expected. They were amazing for every single race and every athlete here is so grateful for the unbelievable support. When I stood on that podium after my 800m freestyle it was something I will never ever forget. Hearing them chant my name was heart warming and made me very emotional!
The 400m freestyle at the start of the week was a great result for me. I was so pleased to have made it through to the final let alone end up on the podium. The 800m freestyle was a tough race. I gave it my absolute all and I can honestly say I don’t have any regrets as I couldn’t have done anything more. Obviously I’m a little disappointed, especially with the time, but it was amazing to be on the podium again.
I’m unbelievably proud to be able to say I have four Olympic medals and I owe so much to everyone who has supported me and helped me along the way. My family, friends, support team – physio, gym trainer, psychologist (Simon Middlemas), sports science (Mike Peyrebrune). To my coach, Bill Furniss, who I will never be able to repay all he’s given me. I’m forever in his debt. And lastly to all my fans – everyone in Mansfield, Britain and all over. You don’t realise how much you’ve helped. Thank you.
It’s been a great week so far for Team GB as a whole. It’s been amazing to watch and I’m so proud and honoured to be on this team. The competition at an Olympics is so tough – but Team GB have really risen to the challenge and the medal tally just shows how much hard work and effort has been put in over the last four years. I must say that it’s been an absolute honour to see, at first hand, the greatest athlete ever compete – Mr Michael Phelps. What a legend!! He is unlike anyone else – and his overall medal tally is something a country, let alone one man, would be proud of!
Team GB is unbelievable and I have so much respect for everyone on this team, it’s a real honour to be part of it. I can’t wait to see what the second week brings and to cheer on my best friend Keri-anne Payne and Daniel Fogg in the open water swimming. Good luck to everyone left competing, everyone is behind you including myself. I will be cheering my heart out!