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Cameron calls it quits

South African breaststroker Cameron van der Burgh has retired from competitive swimming.

The 30-year-old made the announcement during his post-race press conference on Wednesday after winning the World Short Course Championship in the men’s 100m breaststroke.

‘It is an amazing flashback to see a long way ago when I was a still young kid with a lot of dreams,’ he said. ‘It has been amazing to fulfil those dreams but today is the day I announce my retirement.

‘I couldn’t be more happy with the outcome of my last race tonight. I have won the 100m breast gold medal here in Hangzhou tonight and I feel very blessed to be here in this room with my family and coach.’

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Van der Burgh had previously said that he would retire after the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo but getting married in July and accepting a new job at Andurand Capital Management, a large oil-focused hedge fund based in London, changed his mind.

Van der Burgh won an Olympic silver medal in the 100 breaststroke at the 2016 Olympic Games and a gold medal in the same event in 2012.