Russia's Dyatchin quits after doping ban

Thu Feb 12, 2015 4:19am EST
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By Dmitriy Rogovitskiy

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Two-time open water world champion Vladimir Dyatchin announced his retirement on Thursday soon after the Russian anti-doping agency banned him for two years for doping offences.

Dyatchin's A sample, taken on June 30 last year, showed he had taken something illegal, the Russian anti-doping agency RUSADA said on Thursday, without specifying the banned substance.

His suspension has been backdated, beginning on July 4, the agency said on its website.

The 32-year old, however, immediately announced his retirement from the sport.

"I will not compete again of course. I will concentrate on organizing events," Dyatchin, won gold in the 10km open water races at the world championships in Barcelona in 2003 and Melbourne in 2007, told the R-Sport news agency.

He finished seventh at the London Olympics in 2012.

(Editing by Amlan Chakraborty)

Vladimir Dyatchin of Russia adjusts his goggles after winning in the 10th race of the 2007 FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup in Singapore October 7, 2007.  REUTERS/Tim Chong