Thigh-touching between BBC Olympics presenters Rebecca Adlington and Mark Foster raises eyebrows

Viewers of Mark Foster, Rebecca Adlington and Helen Skelton's Olympic swimming coverage are more interested in sexual ...
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Viewers of Mark Foster, Rebecca Adlington and Helen Skelton's Olympic swimming coverage are more interested in sexual tension and short skirts than backstroke and freestyle.

When is a hand on the thigh just a bit of cheeky touching, and when is it something more?

That's the question consuming Britain after eagle-eyed viewers spotted an unusual interaction between two BBC co-presenters during the Rio Olympics coverage.

Rebecca Adlington, a double gold medallist in freestyle swimming, was seen putting her hand on the upper thigh of co-host Mark Foster, while the pair were presenting poolside in Brazil.

Is Adlington making eyes at co-host Foster?
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Is Adlington making eyes at co-host Foster?

While Foster was analysing some of the competition favourites, Adlington appeared to put a hand onto his thigh under the table.

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Viewers spotted the interaction and began to speculate on Twitter that the pair might be romantically involved.

Adlington appears to rest her hand on Foster's thigh.
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Adlington appears to rest her hand on Foster's thigh.

 

 

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"Watching the Olympics highlights! It couldn't be more obvious that there's something going on between Rebecca Adlington & Mark Foster!" one viewer wrote.

 Another joked: "BBC Sport can you just shift Mark Foster and Rebecca Adlington apart, I'm here to watch swimming, not them touch each other up."

They also commented that Adlington had been 'making eyes' at Foster, himself a former Olympic swimmer, throughout the broadcast.

"Every time Mark Foster speaks Rebecca Adlington gives him the stares as if she wants to absolutely devour him," a viewer said.

Adlington is single after splitting from her husband Harry Needs in March, after 18 months of marriage. The pair have a daughter, Summer, together.

Foster, however, is reportedly gay and in a relationship with fellow British Olympian Colin Jackson.

Adlington and Foster weren't the only BBC Olympic swimming presenters to cause eyebrows to be raised.

Their fellow host Helen Skelton also drew comment for her short skirt.

 - Stuff

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