BATH-based swimmer Jazz Carlin has announced her retirement from the sport after a successful 14-year career.
The 28-year-old won world, European and Commonwealth medals before her crowning glory at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, where she won two silvers in the 400m and 800m freestyle events.
Carlin, who won 13 major international medals, said: “It’s really hard for me to pick out one single highlight. Obviously winning two silvers at the Olympics was an incredible experience but also winning gold for Wales at the Commonwealth Games in 2014 is also up there, so it’s really difficult to pick just one.
“I’ve been on an amazing journey through swimming, I’ve learnt so much about myself and how to deal with certain situations. I love swimming and I’m lucky to have been a part of the sport for so long.”
Her Bath-based coach Dave McNulty said: “Jazz moved to us at the British Swimming National Centre Bath in 2014, with a clear vision, mind-set and ambition to win Olympic medals at the Rio 2016 Games.
“Over the next two years, Jazz left no stone unturned in her dream of making it to the Olympic podium and made a huge ‘Olympic Shift’. This simply means, we did everything better, with more focus, and with an unrelenting drive for excellence in every area.
“When I walked Jazz down to the call room at the Rio Olympic Games for her first Olympic final, we honestly knew that all had been done that we possibly could do, and Jazz was absolutely ready; with two individual Olympic silver medals the rest is history.”
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