Bronze medal-winning British Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington is making headlines for the wrong reasons after being called a "dolphin's face".
British comedian Frankie Boyle is under pressure to apologise to the swimmer after insulting her looks on Twitter, days before the Olympics began.
"I worry that Rebecca Adlington will have an unfair advantage in the swimming by possessing a dolphin's face," he said.
The comedian was bombarded with message demanding he apologise to Adlington, but he continued to stand his ground.
"I have an apology for the people of Britain. Sadly, it’s written on the end of my c**k in a braille you can only read with your tonsils,'' he wrote on Twitter.
Fellow British comedian David Walliams stepped in and used Twitter to defend the swimmer.
"I have met and spoken on the phone to double Olympic gold medal swimmer Rebecca Adlington. And she is a beautiful woman, inside and out," he wrote.
"It is disappointing that anyone would want to be mean about her appearance. Rebecca's an absolute inspiration, and a really lovely lady."
It wasn't the first time Boyle made harsh comments about the Adlington.
During an episode of the satirical Mock the Week Show, he said she resembled "someone looking at themselves in the back of a spoon'', the Daily Mail reported.
His comments drew 75 complaints, but the BBC Trust took no further action and Boyle refused to apologise.
Adlington won two gold medals at the Beijing Olympics, and today took bronze in the women's 400 freestyle final.
Her time was 4:03.01, falling behind US' silver-medallist Allison Schmitt in 4:01.77, and France's gold-medallist Camille Muffat in 4:01.45.
New Zealand's Lauren Boyle who qualified fourth fastest was also in the race, but finished eighth in 4:06.25.
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