Sydney - Australian
two-time world champion James Magnussen announced his retirement from
competitive swimming on Wednesday after a decade-long career that earned
him 15 major medals.
The 28-year-old, dubbed "The Missile", has been struggling with
shoulder issues in recent years, undergoing surgery in 2015, and said
the time was right to hang up his goggles.
"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.
"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."
Magnussen won back-to-back 100m freestyle world titles in 2011 and
2013, at Shanghai and Barcelona respectively, before injury prevented
him defending his crown in 2015.
He claimed silver in the same event at the 2012 London Olympics,
touching fractionally behind American Nathan Adrian, and won four
medals, including two golds, at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
Following shoulder surgery in 2015, he returned to compete at the
2016 Rio Olympics where claimed bronze as part of the 4x100m freestyle
"James has had a magnificent swimming career with multiple world
titles to his name and an Olympic silver medal," said Swimming Australia
president John Bertrand.
"He should be very proud of what he has achieved - very few people
in the world have reached these heights in competitive sport."
Magnussen's announcement came ahead of next week's Australian trials
for the world championships which will take place in Gwangju, South
Korea, later this year.