On-screen chemistry poolside

Swimmers making waves in thigh stroke

Adlington strokeCompetition has been hotting up in the Olympic pool, but more so on poolside as viewers spent the past week engrossed in the antics of the BBC commentary team.

Many took to social media after spotting double gold medallist Rebecca Adlington slip her hand under the table and stroke fellow former Olympian Mark Foster’s thigh.

The manoeuvre sparked a frenzy of speculation that the pair were sharing more than a BBC microphone.

Foster laughed off the stories, saying Adlingon, 27, touched his leg during television coverage, after he teased her about ‘only winning bronze’ at the London Olympics.

‘It’s been funny the attention we’ve been getting at the BBC with people remarking on Becky touching my leg,” he said.

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“The reality is that Becky does that simply to get my attention either when she has something to say or else she wants me to butt in.”

Things warmed up further among Twitter users when some said they heard Adlington tell Foster to “f*** off” after his bronze medal joke. On a repeat listen it sounds more like ‘back off’.

Whatever the truth about the “romance”, Foster last night playfully unveiled a “tattoo” of his co-host on his chest (below).


It came after the BBC showed a picture of a real tattoo which a fanatical fan posted on Instagram in tribute to US super swimmer Michael Phelps.

Adlington and Foster’s on-screen chemistry wasn’t the only thing distracting viewers from the action in the pool. Presenter Helen Skelton’s “racy” outfits have also caused complaints that they were so short that her underwear was showing.

Others pointed out that as the competitors were wearing skimpy swimming kits it was ridiculous to criticise a presenter for wearing a short dress, particularly when the temperature in the pool was quite warm. And that was before the thigh-squeezing began.


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