Olympic champion Adlington tips Norfolk’s Bochmann to be star of London 2012
Double Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington believes Anne Bochmann will be one of the stars of London 2012 after the City of Norwich swimmer impressed at the Commonwealth Games.
Bochmann's display, which saw her claim the scalps of former world record holder Jo Jackson and 2006 Commonwealth bronze medallist Lauren Boyle, was all the more impressive considering she maintains her favoured event is the 400m medley.
The Norwich teenager also competed in the 200m medley in Delhi and the 200m butterfly, narrowly missing out on places in the final in both coming home ninth and tenth respectively in qualifying.
But it was Bochmann's display in the 400m freestyle, an event Adlington topped the podium in, that caught the eye of the Beijing star. 'Anne really impressed me out in Delhi and she did so well all in all because she didn't have a good 200m medley and she was really disappointed with it,' said Adlington, speaking at the London 2012 Olympic Park, as part of the Cadbury's Spots v Stripes campaign.
'But she didn't let it affect her and she just went away, forgot about it, picked herself up and came back out determined to put it behind her and she did just that with the 400m freestyle and swam a great race and just missed out on a medal.
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'She has shown so much maturity at this young age because I think learning how to bounce back from disappointment is key to being a top athlete and she did that for the 400m freestyle.
'She said to me going into the race that she would really like to go under 4.10 and she went out and swam 4.8 and knocked two seconds off and if she had got a medal that would have topped it all off but it just wasn't to be but she should be so pleased with how it all went in Delhi.
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'She would have gained so much just from that one race and it would have meant so much to her that she will really go from strength to strength.
'She has an amazing future ahead of her and I definitely think that she will be in London in two years time.'
Bochmann's talent has been well documented in swimming circles ever since she claimed 400m freestyle, 400m medley and 4x200m freestyle gold at the European juniors in Belgrade two years ago.
And Adlington, who is hoping to encourage a new generation of Commonwealth Games champions through the Cadbury's Spots v Stripes campaign, believes Bochmann's choices over the next couple of years will play a major role in how she fares at the London Olympics.
'Anne has shown her ability in the freestyle and also previously shown what she can do in the medley so she has a few avenues to explore as she develops,' added Adlington.
'But it won't just stop there for her because she can definitely go beyond that and she will be at 2016 as well and she has such a bright future ahead of her.
'It will be interesting to see which way she goes and I don't know what she is thinking but as freestyle goes I know she has what it takes to be a big star. She announced herself in Delhi but this is certainly not the last we have heard of Anne.'
• Rebecca Adlington is supporting Spots v Stripes, Cadbury's campaign to get the nation playing in the run up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. For more information visit www.spotsvstripes.com