Viewers leap to Helen Skelton's defence after criticism of her skimpy outfit at the Rio Olympics

It's pretty hot in Brazil, so it's no surprise that Helen Skelton opted for a short, lightweight dress as she presented poolside at the Rio Olympics.

But her outfit certainly got people talking.

While some were critical, with one commenting: "The @BBCSport presenter @HelenSkelton needs to wear appropriate clothing to present swimming. Many ppl don't want a nightclub mini dress"...

And another complaining...

...Others applauded her for the outfit choice.

Helen Skelton
Helen Skelton (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Helen has taken over the BBC swimming coverage from much-loved Clare Balding. She was also joined by Olympic medallist Rebecca Adlington for the event, which saw a disappointing show for Team GB.

Though she was presenting alongside retired swimmer Mark Foster, who was clad in short shorts and was also baring his legs, the former Blue Peter presenter attracted the most attention - causing a backlash as fans complained about a double standard.

After all, it is a swimming event we are talking about here...

Helen has attracted admiration for her extreme charity challenges, from reaching the South Pole on a bicycle to kayaking down the Amazon to walking a tightrope between the chimneys of Battersea Power Station.

Helen Skelton abseiling down the BT Tower
Helen Skelton abseiling down the BT Tower (Anthony Devlin/PA)

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