French swimmer Camille Muffat who beat Rebecca Adlington in London 2012 killed in helicopter crash

Camille Muffat (centre), celebrates her gold medal win with USA's silver winner Allison Schmitt (left) and Great Britain's bronze winner Rebecca Adlington (right) after the Women's 400m Freestyle final.

Camille Muffat (centre), celebrates her gold medal win with USA's silver winner Allison Schmitt (left) and Great Britain's bronze winner Rebecca Adlington (right) after the Women's 400m Freestyle final.

  • Camille Muffat killed as helicopers crash filming French tv show

  • Crash claimed the lives of 10 people

  • Muffat won Olympic gold in 400m freestyle in London 2012

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Britain’s Rebecca Adlington has paid tribute to the French swimmer who beat her to gold at the London Olympics after she was killed in a helicopter crash.

Camille Muffat (25) was killed after her helicopter was involved in a mid-air collision in Argentina.

Mufatt beat Adlington to claim 400m freestlye gold at the 2012 London Olympics to set a new Olympic record.

Paying tribute to her former rival, Adlington said: “So sad and shocked to wake up to hear the tragic death of Camille Muffat. She was an amazing sportswoman, competitor and lovely person.

“My thoughts go out to not only all her friends and family but to all the family and friends of all the 10 victims. Its an extremely sad day.

“RIP Olympic Champion Camille Muffat. You will be dearly missed. X “

The accident happened after two helicopter scrashed during the filming of TV survival show Dropped.

The crash claimed the lives of nine other people, including fellow Olympian Alexis Vastine and yachtswoman Florence Arthaud.

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