Australia's swimming champ Magnussen retires from sportDevdiscourse News Desk | Melbourne | Updated: 05-06-2019 10:00 IST | Created: 05-06-2019 05:54 IST
Three-times world champion James Magnussen has retired from competitive swimming after years of battling shoulder injuries, the Australian said on Wednesday. The 28-year-old, who claimed gold in the blue riband 100 metres freestyle events at the 2011 and 2013 world championships, said he felt the time was right.
"I have taken the time to make the best decision for myself moving forward and to do that I wanted to make sure I was in the best space mentally and physically before announcing my retirement," he said in a statement. "At 28 years of age I feel I could have swum at another Olympic Games, but with the lofty standards I have held myself to over the years and the high expectations I have, I believe now is the right time to step away from the sport."