Adlington, Pellegrini on Europe's roster

Updated: November 25, 2009, 11:27 AM ET
Associated Press

MANCHESTER, England -- Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington and world champion Federica Pellegrini will compete for Europe against the United States at next month's Duel in the Pool.

The American team for the Dec. 18-19 meet at Manchester Aquatics Centre includes 14-time Olympic champion Michael Phelps.

Adlington is among 14 British swimmers in the 36-member European team. There are 14 Italians, including Pellegrini, and eight Germans.

Adlington beat Pellegrini to win the 400-meter freestyle gold at the 2008 Beijing Games before the Italian became the first woman to swim the same event in under 4 minutes at this year's worlds.

The 2003, 2005 and 2007 events featured teams from the United States and Australia. The Americans won each time.

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