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Huegill calls time on career

2012-10-29 10:26

Sydney - Former world record-holder and Olympic medalist Geoff Huegill has retired from competitive swimming for a second time, ending an international career spanning two decades.

Huegill, 33, a butterfly specialist who first represented Australia aged 17 in 1997, won silver and bronze medals at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and three gold medals at the 1998 and 2001 World Championships.

He first retired after failing to qualify for the Australian team in 2006 but made a comeback in 2008, winning two gold medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Huegill missed selection for the London Olympics by less than half a second. He said his latest retirement was "definitely it," adding " I've retired once before and a lot of people have reminded me about that, but this is it."

AP