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Double Olympic champion James announces retirement

November 28, 2013 20:01 pm

Double Olympic rowing champion Tom James has announced his retirement.

Welsh-born James was part of the winning British four at the Beijing and London Games, won the world title in 2011 and has also been a member of a winning Cambridge Boat Race crew.

He made his British team debut in 2004, the same as the first of three Olympic appearances in Athens.

"I feel very, very lucky," he said. 

"London 2012 in particular was an experience that could not be bettered.  

"I am not planning to distance myself from the sport though. I am doing some work on forward planning with British Rowing's board and I am still involved with Cambridge University Boat Club and Molesey Boat Club."

James' contribution was praised by British Rowing's performance director Sir David Tanner.

He said: "Tom is a class act both on and off the water.  He enjoyed significant success with the GB Rowing Team and both of his men's four victories at the Olympic Games are races that will linger long in the memory. 

"Technically he is truly world class and had the capacity to make a huge impact on the boats he raced in. We wish him every success in his new career."