I'm ready to retire, says Phelps

Sat Aug 13, 2016 12:40am EDT
 
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By Alan Baldwin

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - No means no. No amount of cajoling, arm-twisting and pleading by his team mates and swimming fans around the world will make Michael Phelps change his mind about retiring after the Rio Olympics.

The great American swimmer made that abundantly clear on Friday after winning the 27th Olympic medal of his career, a three-way dead-heat silver in the men's 100 meters butterfly.

"No," he said as the question was still leaving the journalist's lips, a succession of further 'no's following in close succession.

"Done. (South African co-silver medalist) Chad (Le Clos) asked me in the award area and the Dwyers were chanting 'four more years'.

"They did the same thing in London. The 800 free relay guys said four more years ... No. I am NOT going four more years.

"And I'm standing by that," he insisted.

"I've been able to do everything I've ever put my mind to in this sport. And 24 years in the sport. I'm happy with how things finished."

Phelps said in 2012 he was retiring but he came back for one last hurrah after feeling he wanted to bow out on his own terms.   Continued...

 
Michael Phelps reacts after winning the 200m Individual Medley Final.   REUTERS/David Gray