Three-time Olympian Renwick retires from swimming

Three-time Olympian Renwick retires from swimming

06 December 2016 / 16:39

Olympic, World and Commonwealth Games medallist Robbie Renwick insists he can look back with pride after announcing his retirement from swimming.

Renwick, 28, competed at the Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games, winning silver in the 4x200m freestyle relay in the latter in August.

Representing Scotland, he also scooped silvers in the same event in the Melbourne 2006, Delhi 2010 and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, while also triumphing in the individual 200m freestyle gold in India.

Renwick also won the 4x200m freestyle relay gold at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, and it was this performance in Russia that will live longest in his memory.

"This is one of my favourite memories as it marked a return to form despite part of me believing I was past my best," Renwick told British Swimming.

"It is difficult to do justice to that feeling; it was like standing on top of the world.”

Renwick won Olympic silver in the 4x200m freestyle relay in August, but did not swim in the final, collecting a medal after being part of the semi-final Team GB quartet.

"To start with, it was a bittersweet moment for me," he added. "I was initially devastated not to perform well enough to be part of the final, but I've had time to reflect and I'm incredibly proud of my contribution.

"I've been lucky enough to share the pool with many talented swimmers over the years, but to be part of Team GB at our most successful Games ever is priceless and a perfect way to close such an incredible chapter in my life.

"Despite moving on from competitive swimming I will stay involved and I am looking forward to focusing my efforts on the development and business side of the sport.”

Scottish Swimming's Performance Director Ally Whike said: "There are not many athletes that complete the 'grand slam' of medals across the major international championships and winning a silver medal in Rio was a fitting end to a distinguished career.

"Robbie's dedication and commitment has rewarded him with a long and productive career and I'm sure he will use these qualities in the next chapter of his life."

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