Britain's Adlington retires from competitive swimming
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's double Olympic champion swimmer Rebecca Adlington has retired from competition to concentrate on grassroots coaching, the 23-year-old said on Tuesday.
Adlington, who currently holds the world record in the 800 meters freestyle, won two golds in Beijing in 2008 and two bronze medals at London 2012.
"I love swimming but as a competitive element and elite athlete I won't compete anymore," she told reporters.
"I have achieved everything I wanted to. Some people want to milk it all they can. I've always said I wanted to finish on a high, despite my love of the sport...
"I did feel old at 23, female distance swimming is going a lot younger as was evident in London.
"I can't compete with that and can't do the same level of work. I need a lot more rest and recovery. I think it was the perfect time."
Adlington had already announced she would not compete at the Rio 2016 Olympics in September and said her work outside of elite competition was now her main focus.
"I'm very proud of what I have achieved so far, but my journey is not finished yet," she said on her personal website (www.rebeccaadlington.co.uk).
"My vision is that every child in Britain will be able to swim 25 meters by the time they leave primary school. Being able to swim is such a wonderful life skill, and I see this as my greatest challenge in swimming." Continued...